TAKING a dig at rival Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Pavel Durov, founder and CEO of Telegram on Saturday said he was giving away their secret of being so popular for free and said: ‘respect your users’.
The social networking giant is sending in-app notifications to WhatsApp users and informing them that it has decided to enforce new usage terms that give it wider control over users’ data.
“I hear Facebook has an entire department devoted to figuring out why Telegram is so popular. Imagine dozens of employees working on just that full-time. I am happy to save Facebook tens of millions of dollars and give away our secret for free: respect your users,” Durov wrote in his blog post.
Telegram is set to hit the 5 lakh mark or 500 million active users globally, the company is mulling to generate revenue starting 2021, Durov had said late last month. Telegram, which topped 400 million active users earlier this year in April, would bring its own ad platform for public one-to-many channels soon.
The cloud-based instant messenger app has recently rolled out a major update comprising multiple new features and improvements for the overall user experience.
These include Voice Chat for Telegram Groups, SD Card storage, and new UI animation for Android version of the app, new media editor capabilities along with fast loading and better looking animated stickers.
Facebook’s new policy includes information about WhatsApp’s services and how the company processes user data. It also highlights how WhatsApp uses Facebook-hosted services to store and manage chats on the platform.
But, the biggest highlight of the update is that WhatsApp would now share the data of users with Facebook and other third-party services that are integrated with its services for content suggestions and ads.
“When you or others use third-party services or other Facebook Company Products that are integrated with our Services, those third-party services may receive information about what you or others share with them. For example, if you use a data backup service integrated with our Services (like iCloud or Google Drive), they will receive information you share with them, such as your WhatsApp messages,” the company had said.