While stating there have been many surges of downloads throughout its seven-year history, Telegram recognized that this surge is different. Pavel Durov, the founder of Telegram Messenger, wrote:
"People no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services. They no longer want to be held hostage by tech monopolies that seem to think they can get away with anything as long as their apps have a critical mass of users."
Durov said that Telegram is committed to protecting users' privacy and security, and linked to his quote from 2018 in which he informed users that Telegram doesn't sign deals with "marketers, data miners or government agencies." Since launching in 2013, Telegram hasn't disclosed any of its users' private data to third parties, Durov wrote, pitting the company's offering as a viable alternative to its competitors.