In January, the incident of WhatsApp changing user terms triggered users to turn to other encrypted communication software such as Telegram and Signal. According to the latest data from Sensor Tower, Telegram has become the most downloaded app with 63 million downloads worldwide in January, 3.8 times more than the same month last year. Plus, it has the world’s largest non-game app download rate.
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Signal also ranked third for the first time in this wave of user exodus. WhatsApp, which ranked first among all non-gaming apps in 2019, fell to fifth place in 2020.
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This data is also the latest statistics of app downloads after the WhatsApp incident. On January 6 this year, the media reported that WhatsApp had changed its user terms. It was hoping that users would agree to the app to collect certain user information, otherwise its services would no longer be available. Sensor Tower estimated at the time that the App Store and Google Play Store had nearly 7.5 million downloads and installations of Signal in just five days to 1/10. This was 43 times that of the previous week.
Telegram claims to have more than 100 million new users in January. In order to attract general users to join, Telegram has also added a number of functions in recent revisions. They include the ability to import communication records on WhatsApp, Line, KokaoTalk, including text, videos and documents in personal chats or group calls, and delete encrypted messages, groups and call records, as well as emoticons, stickers and music playback functions.