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Pavel Durov is widely known for founding VK, a popular social networking site, and Telegram, an encrypted messaging service that now has about 200 million active users monthly. Currently, Durov and his team are developing the Telegram Open Network (TON), which is a darknet decentralized blockchain and cryptocurrency platform.
Last week, more than 25 million new users worldwide joined Telegram. Such growth led to a significant increase in the cost of maintaining the messenger's infrastructure. Therefore, Telegram is looking for additional funding.
In his latest Telegram post, Pavel Durov announced that Facebook is worried about the popularity of Telegram and that it has a department dedicated to finding out why Telegram is so popular. Durov decided to reveal the success secret for free.
Pavel Durov also assured users that he would not sell the messenger, thereby refuting rumors that Telegram was sold to Mail.ru.
Telegram was suing Lantah for the right to use the Gram trademark and ticker, but at the end of August 2020, Durov's company was forced to withdraw its claim and now has to pay $620,000 in legal fees.
The Italian Data Protection Authority has launched an investigation into Telegram due to the widespread use of bots that generates fake nude images. Only until July 2020, more than 100,000 deepfakes were discovered.
Telegram filed a lawsuit against a Florida-based startup in May 2018, which also intended to create its own cryptocurrency called Gram. But after Pavel Durov announced the TON project's closure, it was decided to withdraw the lawsuit against Lantah LLC.