The percentage of users that joined Telegram recently includes 38% users from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from MENA.
Parel Durov, founder of Telegram, had already shared his monetization plans for the app after it would cross 500 million users, and now with the recent surge in its usage, the company will definitely start working on making the app more beneficial.
According to Durov, premium paid features will be added to Telegram for big businesses and power users, while the rest of the features will be free of cost. Moreover, ads will be played on large groups and channels, while private chats and groups will be ad free. These additions are focused on the platform’s own innovation and growth, as well as for users’ benefits.
One important thing to note, however, is that WhatsApp just assured its users about their privacy and attempted to clear their misconceptions regarding the app’s updated policy, explaining that neither Facebook nor WhatsApp will be able to access any WhatsApp conversation as it will remain end to end encrypted. This news may account for users, who have switched to Telegram, to change their mind, but it just remains an assumption for now.