Telegram Makes Huge Gains in Russia
By RT News
The share of the popular messenger has grown threefold since the beginning of last year.
The share of the popular Telegram messenger service has grown significantly in the Russian market, tripling since the beginning of 2022, according to official data.
Maksut Shadaev, the head of Russia’s Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, said on Tuesday that “at the beginning of 2022, the share of Telegram in the structure of mobile traffic accounted for 2.5%. Now Telegram’s share is 8.5%.”
Telegram has overtaken WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger to become the most popular instant messaging application in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Moldova.
Russian-born Pavel Durov is the founder and owner of Telegram. He has been called the Mark Zuckerberg of Russia and was listed on the 2022 Forbes Billionaires List with a net worth of $11.5 billion.
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