Dubai-based Telegram to hit 1 billion users, says founder
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Dubai-based Telegram to hit 1 billion users, says founder

Dubai-based Telegram to hit 1 billion users, says founder

The popular Telegram messaging app, which is headquartered in Dubai, currently has over 900 million users


The Telegram messaging app, one of the world’s 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.

“We’ll probably cross one billion monthly active users within a year now,” Durov, who fully owns Telegram, told US journalist Tucker Carlson according to a video interview posted on Carlson’s account on the X social media platform.

“Telegram is spreading like [a] forest fire.”

Durov, who is estimated by Forbes to have a fortune of $15.5bn, 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’ WhatsApp, has more than two billion monthly active users. The Financial Times reported in March that Telegram would likely aim for a US 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 world’s major social media platforms, after Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, TikTok and WeChat.

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