Sunday, January 17, 2020. New York City – Millions are leaving Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter. They are migrating to Signal and Telegram.
On Sunday, January 17, 2021, Edward Snowden said on Twitter, “Everybody can get back to uninstalling #Whatsapp now.”
On Saturday, January 16, 2021, Signal said on Twitter, “Signal is back! Like an underdog going through a training montage, we’ve learned a lot since yesterday — and we did it together. Thanks to the millions of new Signal users around the world for your patience. Your capacity for understanding inspired us while we expanded capacity.”
Telegram or Signal?
Some people prefer Telegram and some people prefer Signal. People agree Telegram and Signal are safer than Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter.
On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Pavel Durov said on Telegram, “In the first week of January, Telegram surpassed 500 million monthly active users. After that it kept growing: 25 million new users joined Telegram in the last 72 hours alone. These new users came from across the globe – 38% from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from MENA.
This is a significant increase compared to last year, when 1.5M new users signed up every day. We’ve had surges of downloads before, throughout our 7-year history of protecting user privacy. But this time is different.
People no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services. They no longer want to be held hostage by tech monopolies that seem to think they can get away with anything as long as their apps have a critical mass of users.
With half a billion active users and accelerating growth, Telegram has become the largest refuge for those seeking a communication platform committed to privacy and security. We take this responsibility very seriously. We won’t let you down.
Those of you who have used Telegram for the last several years know we’ve been consistent both when it comes to defending private data and to improving our apps. For those of you who just joined and are wondering what Telegram stands for, I’d like to quote my post from 2018:
You – our users – have been and will always be our only priority. Unlike other popular apps, Telegram doesn’t have shareholders or advertisers to report to. We don’t do deals with marketers, data miners or government agencies. Since the day we launched in August 2013 we haven’t disclosed a single byte of our users’ private data to third parties.
We operate this way because we don’t regard Telegram as an organization or an app. For us, Telegram is an idea; it is the idea that everyone on this planet has a right to be free.”
On Thursday, January 14, 2021, Pavel Durov said on Telegram, “Since my last post (on Tuesday, January 12, 2021), the already massive influx of new users to Telegram has only accelerated. We may be witnessing the largest digital migration in human history.
Following this global phenomenon, two presidents started their Telegram channels: The President of Brazil – @jairbolsonarobrasil and The President of Turkey – @RTErdogan.
They join a list of other heads of state already present on the platform: The President of Mexico – @PresidenteAMLO, The President of France – @emmanuelmacron, The Prime Minster of Singapore – @leehsienloong, The President of Ukraine – @V_Zelenskiy_official, The President of Uzbekistan – @shmirziyoyev, The President of Taiwan – @iingtw, The Prime Minister of Ethiopia – @AbiyAhmedAliofficial, The Prime Minister of Israel – @bnetanyahu.
(Note that such verified accounts typically show a blue check mark in your chat list and search results.)
We are honored that political leaders, as well as numerous public organizations, rely on Telegram to combat misinformation and spread awareness about important issues in their societies.
Unlike other networks, Telegram doesn’t use nontransparent algorithms to decide whether a subscriber will see content they subscribed to or not. As a result, Telegram channels are the only direct way for opinion leaders to reliably connect with their audiences.
By removing the manipulative algorithms that have become synonymous with 2010s technology platforms, Telegram channels restore transparency and integrity to public “one-to-many” communication.”
On Thursday, January 14, 2021, Signal said on Twitter, “We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from everyone who is contributing to Signal’s ongoing operation and development. We’re a 501c3 nonprofit and we couldn’t do this without you. If you are on the fence about donating, you can give in here: https://signal.org/donate/“
On Saturday, January 16, 2021, Moxie Marlinspike said on Twitter, “Rough couple of days! Thanks everyone for being so supportive, and to everyone who reached out. Really nice to come back here after all that and see so many words of encouragement, and so sweet to hear the stories of what it felt like to be “without signal” online for a while.”
“Matthew Rosenfeld, known as Moxie Marlinspike, is an American entrepreneur, cryptographer, and computer security researcher. Marlinspike is the creator of Signal, co-founder of the Signal Foundation, and currently serves as the CEO of Signal Messenger. He is also a co-author of the Signal Protocol encryption used by Signal, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Skype.”_Wikipedia.org
Pavel Valerievich Durov is an entrepreneur, He is the founder of the social networking site VK, and later the Telegram Messenger. He is the younger brother of Nikolai Durov.
On Friday, January 15, 2021, Edward Snowden said on Twitter,
“1) The consensus of the infosec community is that Telegram is significantly less secure than @SignalApp.
2) Signal is an independent non-profit with a $50m endowment—they can’t be meaningfully influenced by money for a very long time. Telegram is a standard private company.”
Anna Wiener wrote the article “Taking Back Our Privacy” on newyorker.com. “Signal’s growth has corresponded to periods in which decisions are questioned or undone—to moments of social and political upheaval. With end-to-end encryption, the content of every communication—a text message, a video chat, a voice call, an emoji reaction—is intelligible only to the sender and the recipient. If an exchange is intercepted, by a hacker or a government agency, the interloper sees a nonsensical snarl of letters and numbers.”
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