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 1 month ago '24        #1
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Telegram to hit one billion users within a year, founder says
 

 
The Telegram messaging app, one of the most popular social media platforms, will likely cross one billion active monthly users within a year as it is spreading like "forest fire", its billionaire founder Pavel Durov said on Tuesday.
Telegram, based in Dubai, was founded by Russian-born Durov, who left Russia in 2014 after he refused to comply with demands to shut down opposition communities on his VK social media platform, which he sold.


"We'll probably cross one billion monthly active users within a year now," Durov, who fully owns Telegram, told U.S. journalist Tucker Carlson according to a video interview posted on Carlson's account on the X social media platform.
"Telegram is spreading like forest fire."
Durov, who is estimated by Forbes to have a fortune of $15.5 billion, said some governments had sought to pressure him but the app, which has now 900 million active users, should remain a "neutral platform" and not a "player in geopolitics".


One of Telegram's main rivals, Meta Platforms' (META.O), opens new tab WhatsApp, has more than two billion monthly active users. The Financial Times reported in March that Telegram would likely aim for a U.S. listing once the company had reached profitability.
Telegram, which is particularly influential in the republics of the former Soviet Union, is ranked as one of the major social media platforms, after Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, TikTok and Wechat.


After Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Telegram has become the main source of unfiltered - and sometimes graphic and misleading - content from both sides about the war and the politics surrounding the conflict.
INFORMATION WARS
Durov said he came up with the idea of an encrypted messaging app as a way to communicate while he was under pressure in Russia. His younger brother, Nikolai, designed the encryption.

Durov said he left Russia because he could not accept orders from any government, and dismissed a question about claims that Telegram was controlled by Russia as a false rumour spread by his competitors worried about Telegram's growth.
"I would rather be free than to take orders from anyone," Durov said about his exit from Russia and search for a home for his company which included stints in Berlin, London, Singapore and San Francisco.


He said the bureaucracy, especially for hiring global talent, in those places was too onerous and that he was attacked on the street in San Francisco by men who tried to steal his phone.
More alarming, he said, he received too much attention from U.S. security agencies including from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He said U.S. agencies tried to hire one of his engineers to find a backdoor into the platform. The FBI did not reply to a request for comment out of U.S. business hours.
When it comes to freedom of speech, though, he said the biggest challengers were not governments but major competitors such as Apple (AAPL.O), opens new tab and Alphabet's Google (GOOGL.O), opens new tab.
"Those two platforms, they could basically censor everything you can read, access on your smart phone," Durov said, adding that they had told Telegram that if it failed to comply with their guidelines then it would be removed from their stores.
He said he had opted for the United Arab Emirates as it was a "neutral country" that wants to be friends with everyone and was not aligned with any of the superpowers, so he felt it was the best place for a "neutral platform".
Telegram, he said, was used by both opposition campaigners and governments but would take no sides.
"The competition of different ideas can result in progress and a better world for everyone," Durov said.
He said that, beyond money or Bitcoin, he had no major property such as real estate, jets or yachts, as he wanted to be free.
 https://www.reuters.com/t .. ys-2024-04-17/
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 1 month ago '13        #2
jjwms33 
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Never heard of it. I dont believe anything that come from a communist country. Wouldnt use it either. Communist countries suffocate the innovative mind wit all that censoring, fear and other retraints they put on people for the "greater good". Yeah for the oligarchs and politicians that stay in office forever. Communism is the dumbest sht ever.
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 1 month ago '07        #3
strongthetruth  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x73
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 jjwms33 said 🔗
Never heard of it. I dont believe anything that come from a communist country. Wouldnt use it either. Communist countries suffocate the innovative mind wit all that censoring, fear and other retraints they put on people for the "greater good". Yeah for the oligarchs and politicians that stay in office forever. Communism is the dumbest sht ever.
Lmao there’s nothing communist about the app. It’s a scammers paradise and used for all types of other illegal sh1t because of how stealth it is. Sometimes you gotta just $TFU about something when you’ve “never heard of it.”
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 1 month ago '04        #4
Duntaz  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Bunch of fake sales ladies and dealers on there.
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 1 month ago '13        #5
jjwms33 
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 strongthetruth said 🔗
Lmao there’s nothing communist about the app. It’s a scammers paradise and used for all types of other illegal sh1t because of how stealth it is. Sometimes you gotta just $TFU about something when you’ve “never heard of it.”
This a forum where I get to post what I think about a topic. Nothing you said changed my mind about anything I said. Sometimes you gotta $TFU when another person is posting about something, and what you feel the need to post means nothing to that person or topic. I said what I said and still stand by it. Thanks for your input!

 1 month ago '05        #6
Daddy Black 
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Telegram. That app is what people use to cheat on each other cause it's so discreet.

 1 month ago '23        #7
Yopa 
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NSA tried to bribe Telegram

 1 month ago '04        #8
187Proof  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x37
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The amount of money telegram has saved me over the last decade is astronomical…..

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 1 month ago '10        #9
mlim420 
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iykyk
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 1 month ago '22        #10
letitallg0  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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Telegram

Lots of pr0n
Lots of weed heads
Lots of guns
Lots of movies for free
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 1 month ago '04        #11
Twotwenty 
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 letitallg0 said 🔗
Telegram

Lots of pr0n
Lots of weed heads
Lots of guns
Lots of movies for free
Put me on the movies
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 1 month ago '04        #12
Duntaz  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 187Proof said 🔗
The amount of money telegram has saved me over the last decade is astronomical…..

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What do you buy from telegram?

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 1 month ago '07        #13
stogz  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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There was a time last year where the handful of wh0res i follow started talking about telegram. I clicked a link once, my cpu said sh1t was not recommended, so i didn't proceed. Still don't know what it is tho
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 4 weeks ago '20        #14
POWER RAPS  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 Twotwenty said 🔗
Put me on the movies
Yeah lead us to the free content
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 4 weeks ago '13        #15
EL GATO NEGRO 
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money saving app
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 4 weeks ago '18        #16
Armstrong 102 
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 EL GATO NEGRO said 🔗
money saving app
How so?
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 4 weeks ago '05        #17
Rockstar718 
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 jjwms33 said 🔗
Never heard of it. I dont believe anything that come from a communist country. Wouldnt use it either. Communist countries suffocate the innovative mind wit all that censoring, fear and other retraints they put on people for the "greater good". Yeah for the oligarchs and politicians that stay in office forever. Communism is the dumbest sht ever.
What communism is and how governments use it are two different things.

Just like capitalism in theory is much different than capitalism in practice.
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 4 weeks ago '05        #18
Rockstar718 
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 stogz said 🔗
There was a time last year where the handful of wh0res i follow started talking about telegram. I clicked a link once, my cpu said sh1t was not recommended, so i didn't proceed. Still don't know what it is tho
It's a private messaging app. People create groups and share content.

While some groups have some dodgy sh1t, you can find some really good connects for movies, tv shows, etc. No need to ask for links in the th0tties section, just search their name and you can get access to all their content.
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