The founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov issued a warning to WhatsApp users, asking them to “stay away” from the instant messaging app that belongs to Meta, due to its constant security flaws that put their personal information at risk.
Through his official Telegram channel, the “Russian Mark Zuckerberg” began by talking about a security problem (revealed by WhatsApp itself last week) that affected all users who had not updated the application and had an old version.
“You’re probably thinking ‘yes, but if I updated WhatsApp to the latest version, I’m safe, right?’ Not really. In 2018, a problem similar to this was discovered, then another in 2019, and another in 2020″, Pável Dúrov noted in his statement.
Later, the CEO of Telegram assured that a new problem always arises in WhatsApp that puts the information of the users. “There is almost certainly a new security flaw there already,” he said.
In another part of his message, Pável Dúrov maintains that, a few years ago, he had WhatsApp downloaded on his phone; however, he decided to uninstall it, because having it installed meant that hackers had a gateway to his phone’s data.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re the richest person in the world. If you have WhatsApp installed on your phone, all data from all apps on your device is accessible, as Jeff Bezos found out in 2020″, he stated.
Finally, the Russian millionaire assured that with his statement he does not seek to pressure WhatsApp users to switch to Telegram, since (according to him) his platform does not need promotion, since it has more than 700 million active users and more than 2 million daily subscriptions.