Overcoming WhatsApp, Telegram becomes the leading messaging application in Russia
This is because Russians flocked to this service when Moscow restricted some digital services.
WhatsApp owner Meta Platforms Inc is embroiled in a Russian court case as prosecutors seek to label the app an “extremist organization” and authorities actively promote it. Telegram because they banned other foreign platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Russia’s military activity in Ukraine has added fuel to the simmering dispute between foreign digital platforms and Moscow.
Megafon, one of Russia’s four main telecom operators, says its analysis of mobile Internet traffic shows that Telegram’s market share has grown to 63 percent in the first two weeks of March from 48 percent in two weeks. early February. Meanwhile, WhatsApp’s market share has dropped to 32% from 48%.
The average Telegram user consumes 101MB of data per day, compared to WhatsApp’s 26MB.
Founded by Russian businessman Pavel Durov, Telegram has long been a popular news platform in Russia with most of the major media, government organizations and public figures running the news channels. content channel.
Megafon said in a statement: “The popularity of the service has increased amid restrictions on access to a number of other services and social networks. Telegram service began to develop actively on the day. 24/2”.
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