“It’s no surprise that the flight of users from WhatsApp to Telegram, already ongoing for a few years, has accelerated,” he said.
Durov also claimed that Facebook-owned WhatsApp has turned to covert marketing to fight the recent popularity of Telegram.
“At about 500 million users and growing, Telegram has become a major problem for the Facebook corporation. Unable to compete with Telegram in quality and privacy, Facebook’s WhatsApp seems to have switched to covert marketing: Wikipedia editors have recently exposed multiple paid bots adding biased information into the WhatsApp Wikipedia article,” he said.
Durov claimed that he detected bots which spread inaccurate information about Telegram on social media. “In 2019 alone, Facebook spent almost 10 billion dollars on marketing,” he added.
As per Durov there are three myths that its competitors are pushing against Telegram:
“Telegram’s code is not open-source”. In reality, all Telegram client apps have been open source since 2013, he clarified. Myth 2: “Telegram is Russian”. “In fact, Telegram has no servers or offices in Russia and was blocked there from 2018 to 2020. Telegram is still blocked in some authoritarian countries such as Iran, while WhatsApp and other “supposedly secure” apps have never had any issue in these places,” he said.
Durov also clarified another myth that “Telegram is not encrypted”. “Every chat on Telegram has been encrypted since launch. We have Secret Chats that are end-to-end and Cloud Chats that also offer real-time secure and distributed cloud storage,” he added.