After social media such as Twitter and Facebook blocked the accounts of current US President Trump, Trump supporters flooded into the communication application Telegram, bringing the app’s downloads to the second largest in the United States.
According to the British Telegraph and the Russian Satellite News Agency on the 12th, according to the data company Sensor Tower, from January 6 to 10, Telegram was downloaded about 545,000 times in the United States, almost three times that of the same period last week.
On the 11th, before the social software Parler was removed from the shelves, the platform had posts urging users to switch to Telegram.
According to previous reports, on January 8, after Trump’s Twitter was permanently banned, mobile application platforms such as Google began to punch Parler, who gathered in large numbers of Trump supporters.
Parler is known as “right-wing Twitter” in the United States. The platform calls itself a “fair alternative” to Twitter without censorship.
The Telegraph quoted Jane Goldbeck, a professor of information research at the University of Maryland, as saying that Telegram may become a “long-term settlement” for Trump supporters compared with Parler because it is unlikely to be removed from the shelves.
It is reported that Telegram was founded in 2013 by Russian brothers Nikolai Dulov and Pavel Dulov, the founder of Vkontakte, a well-known Russian social networking website.
After the riots in the U.S. Congress on the 6th, according to the statistics of the U.S. media Axios, as of the 10th, 13 social media platforms have announced the banning or restriction of Trump’s accounts and related content, including Twitter, Facebook, Google, YouTube and other world-renowned Internet giants.