As WhatsApp teases users to either give their consent to sharing data with Facebook or lose their accounts after February 8, rival Telegram’s Founder and CEO Pavel Durov on Saturday slammed the social media giant, saying it is no surprise that the flight of users from WhatsApp to Telegram, already ongoing for a few years, has accelerated.
According to Durov, Facebook has an entire department devoted to figuring out why Telegram is so popular.
“Imagine dozens of employees working on just that full-time. I am happy to save Facebook tens of millions of dollars and give away our secret for free: respect your users,” he said in a statement.
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,” Durov claimed.
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