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Impressive growth sees Telegram hit 100 million active users

The team behind the instant messaging app Telegram has revealed that the service now has 100 million active users. And growth is strong too, with Telegram adding 350,000 new users every day.

Unlike messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, Telegram has focussed on privacy as its key selling point.

Message sent using Telegram are encrypted, and in a world where privacy is a big concern for many, the app has attracted a large user base relatively quickly. But despite the impressive numbers, Telegram is some way behind WhatsApp, which earlier in February announced that it has 1 billion active users.