Durov said in a blog post that ‘this is a significant increase from last year, when 1.5 million new users signed up every day. During our 7-year history of protecting the privacy of users, the download has seen such a surge for the first time. People no longer want to transact their privacy for free service. Nor do they want to be held hostage by technical monopolies.
According to data from app analytics firm SensorTower, the Signal app has received over 23 lakh new downloads in India from January 6 to January 10. Whereas during this period Telegram has garnered over 16 lakh new downloads. Apart from this, the number of downloads of Whatsapp has fallen by 35 percent. Between 13 January and 10 January, only 13 lakh new downloads have been found on WhatsApp.
The messaging platform now has half a billion active users and the growth of the company is going in an upward direction. Telegram is now the ‘largest refuge’ for those seeking a communication platform that’s committed to privacy and security. Telegram also promises that it will take the user trust very seriously and will not its users down in the future.
As of this writing, the messaging app has been downloaded more than 500 million times on Google Play Store. Telegram also stands in the second position in overall downloads on Apple App Store for the social media category. While Signal managed to become the topmost downloaded free application on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store, Telegram is slowly climbing the ladder.