According to the financial management website Mint, Russian programmer Pavel Durov, creator of the Telegram instant messaging application, said today (12) that his company will never monetize users’ private data to create targeted ad profiles.
In addition to ensuring users’ privacy, Durov has also ensured that he will never show 30-second ads on Telegram. “If we ever introduce ads, they’ll only show on large one-to-many channels” (which don’t exist in any other messaging app), but never targeted based on private data, as does the Facebook.
Durov’s statement was given in response to a user who said “he’s willing to see one or two 30-second ads a day, if that helps,” after Durov made a post stating that now it’s approaching 500 millions of active users, intends to make money.
Future of Telegram
However, selling the Telegram to a Big Tech, as the creators of WhatsApp did, is totally out of the question. Durov guarantees that “you must continue to serve the world”, which “is impossible if you become part of a corporation”.
After ensuring that ordinary users will enjoy free Telegram forever (as did Signal), Durov reiterated that he intends to implement his advertising platform, to cover the costs of servers and traffic, but that it is “user friendly and respects your privacy ”.