WhatsApp retained its leadership in Russia

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Despite the erupting around the new privacy policy, WhatsApp retained its leading position among messengers in Russia. This was reported by the TASS edition with reference to the statistics of Russian operators at the end of 2020 – early 2021.

WhatsApp retained its leadership in Russia

Top-3 in terms of mobile traffic for MegaFon, Beeline, MTS and Tele2 look the same. These are WhatsApp, Telegram and Viber. But the fourth and fifth places were distributed in different ways. MegaFon has Facebook and IMO, Beeline has Skype and Facetime, MTS has Facebook Messenger and Skype, and Tele2 has Skype and Facebook Messenger.

Yesterday MTS reported that Telegram for the first time caught up with WhatsApp in Moscow in terms of mobile traffic, but in other Russian cities Telegram still lags behind WhatsApp both in terms of the number of users and the volume of traffic. WhatsApp updated the policy on January 6, and also said that the new terms must be accepted by February 8. After receiving a lot of negative feedback from users and criticism from the industry, the WhatsApp team decided to postpone the adoption of the rules by 3 months – until May 15.

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