14 Mar 2024

Telegram, a global social media and messaging giant that only ~1 in 4 Americans are actually familiar with, has just reached 900 million monthly active users globally.

Despite its relatively low profile in the US, the platform has been making waves in other countries since its launch in 2013 — largely thanks to its apparent emphasis on privacy and security, which has helped it notch hundreds of millions of downloads in India, parts of South America, and Russia, where the app was originally founded. Telegram is many things to many people. It’s a place to joke with friends; a means for freedom fighters to arrange protests; a valuable outlet to get news to readers where media is censored… but, it’s also a place where people go to buy guns, drugs, fake bank cards, and was (or maybe still is) a major platform for terror groups to organize and spread information on. Source: Chartr


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