Instant messaging service Telegram has accumulated 400 million monthly active users, it announced, up from 300 million active users the seven-year-old service unveiled to the SEC last October.

The service — established by Pavel Durov, who also founded Russian social networking site VK — stated it adds about 1.5 million users per day and is the most downloaded social media app in across 20 nations.

The Present & Future Plans 

Telegram is operating on making a secure video call feature to its users this year in reply to the increasing popularity of Zoom and Houseparty, it announced. 

The firm, headquartered in Dubai, though, did not speak about the future of its Gram cryptocurrency wallet and TON Blockchain that it had unveiled in 2018 but put on halt early this year.

Telegram encounters with dozens of traditional instant messaging services, including WhatsApp that has gathered over 2 billion users globally. 

Telegram usually sees a wave in its user base when Facebook-owned service is suffering an outage. Durov is too one of the most expressed critics of WhatsApp.

Telegram’s desktop app, which does not need the phone to be connected to the internet to work, and a variety of features including folders and cloud storage, have gained it a faithful set of users.

Telegram app on phone | iTMunch

The Challenges

Although these features have further given growth to misuse of its program with at least a few million of its users rely on the service to share and download illicit copies of movies, songs, and applications. Its piracy problem remains prevailing today.

Telegram has continuously worked with a degree of disregard for the views of government authorities and several corporates — that has occurred in some unusual use cases. 

Telegram, which is forbidden in China, adds the world’s most populated country as one of its biggest markets.

Telegram recently announced a sticker directory that indexes over 20,000 stickers and detailed a few of improvements such as a unique attachment menu on Android. 

The firm further said it was building a database of scholarly tests for students and intends to give 400,000 Euro to creators for designing those tests.

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