Telegram has 100-million active monthly users

Igor Bonifacic

February 23, 2016 5:38pm

Telegram, the popular chat app that allows users to encrypt their messages, today announced that it has more than 100-million active monthly users.

More than 350,000 users sign up to use the service each day. Those same users, both new and old, use Telegram to send some 15-billion messages daily, says the company.

The milestone is impressive, especially considering some of the challenges Telegram has faced over the past year. In November, Facebook-owned WhatsApp updated its app to block outbound links to Telegram.

In the same month, Telegram came under scrutiny following the Paris terror attacks. In the aftermath of the incident, ISIL began directing its supporters to Telegram because of the app’s support for end-to-end encryption and secret channels.

  • deltatux

    One of my absolute favourite messengers. I’d take Telegram over WhatsApp any day.

    • Anaron

      Same here. I enjoy using it a lot more than WhatsApp. It supports .GIF files, file sending, and they even have a desktop client.

  • Anaron

    I look forward to that number hitting 200M. Anyway, there’s a small mistake in the article. “ISIL” should be “ISIS”.

    • Igor Bonifacic

      Both are correct. Depending on how a person translates the group’s name into English, they’re either know as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

  • Ipse

    …and the FBI didn’t ask for a backdoor?

    • deltatux

      Telegram is incorporated in Germany, don’t think the FBI has jurisdiction over foreign entities.

    • Benny Lenchner

      He was obviously joking, in a reference to the ongoing Apple story.