If you’re looking for a new messaging app, Telegram might be your answer. It’s WhatsApp’s new rival, but who owns it? Let’s find out.
Over the past few days, millions of users have been fleeing WhatsApp and joining alternative messaging apps like Telegram. This comes after WhatsApp told its two billion users they must let the app share their data with Facebook, the BBC reports.
If users refuse to accept these new privacy terms by February 8th, they will lose their account. However, the new rules do not apply to WhatsApp users in the UK and Europe.
Many users are not willing to share their data, which has resulted in millions of people ditching WhatsApp and turning to other messaging apps instead.
One of the most popular alternatives has been Telegram. Here’s everything you need to know about the app…
What is Telegram?
Telegram is a messaging app similar to WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.
It’s free to download on both iOS and Android devices and contains a number of familiar features including messaging, calling, voice messaging and stickers.
It was founded back in 2013 but is suddenly receiving a lot of new users in 2021.
Who owns Telegram?
Telegram was founded by Pavel Durov and his brother Nikolai in Russia, however, they have now moved their headquarters to Berlin, Germany.
Pavel Durov, 33, is a Russian billionaire who is known as ‘Russia’s Zuckerberg’ after he launched the country’s biggest social media site Vkontakte, better known as VK. However, he was later dismissed from being the company’s CEO.
According to Forbes, he is worth a huge $3.4 billion and currently lives in Dubai after he refused to cooperate with the Russian secret services and provide encrypted data of Vkontakte users.
After leaving Russia, he gained citizenship in Saint Kitts and Nevis through donating $250,000 to the country’s Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation, and secured US$300 million in cash within Swiss banks, which allowed him to launch Telegram.
He still remains the majority shareholder and CEO of Telegram in 2021.
Why is Telegram becoming popular now?
Telegram was launched in 2013, but it’s suddenly receiving a mass of new users in 2021.
This comes after people became increasingly concerned about Facebook’s privacy rules when using WhatsApp.
WhatsApp outlined new terms on Wednesday, telling users that they must agree to share their personal data or they would lose access to their accounts.
As a result, many people started uninstalling WhatsApp and turning to alternatives like Telegram instead.