02:21 GMT03 March 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Twenty-five million new users joined Telegram messenger in the last 72 hours alone, the messenger's founder Pavel Durov said Tuesday.

    "In the first week of January, Telegram surpassed 500 million monthly active users. After that it kept growing: 25 million new users joined Telegram in the last 72 hours alone," Durov wrote in his English-language Telegram blog.

    According to Durov, 38 percent of new users came from Asia, 27 percent from Europe, 21 percent from Latin America, 8 percent from the Middle East and North Africa.

    Telegram is a cross-platform cloud-based instant messaging, video calling, and VoIP service which was founded by a Russian IT entrepreneur Pavel Durov. The platform was launched in 2013 and around 200 million customers have since started using the app.

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