Telegram introduces pay-for services and we all want to know what it means
News - Dec 29, 2020
Pavel Durov, the founder of Telegram, a content exchange app, said that he is not planning to sell the company but that there are serious considerations regarding charging for specific types of content.
– We are not going to sell the company like the founders of Whatsapp. The world needs Telegram to stay independent as a place where users are respected and high-quality service is ensured. Telegram must continue to serve the world as an example of a tech company that strives for perfection and integrity – wrote Durov.
Durov added that Telegram will introduce monetization as of next year, but the service will remain free of charge for common users.
– Telegram will begin to generate revenue, starting next year. We will do it in accordance with our values and the pledges we have made over the last 7 years. Thanks to our current scale, we will be able to do it in a non-intrusive way. Most users will hardly notice any change – as stated in the release.
In April 2020, Telegram announced that its app was used by 400 million people worldwide. The app is particularly popular in Eastern countries, primarily Russia and Iran. Also, due to the censorship of other media, the Telegram app was one of few tools for communication of Belarus opposition and protesting citizens, so many concluded that Telegram deserved credits for organizing protests across the country. The app was used for the same purposes by protesters in Hong Kong and Thailand.