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Pavel Durov called WhatsApp “fluff” and stated that Facebook will become more popular Vkontakte in Russia

Ex-head of “Vkontakte” Pavel Durov at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference 2015 in San Francisco criticized the social network Facebook, a chat WhatsApp called “fluff”, reports Rbc. He also stated that in his Telegram messenger will be the paid services from third-party developers.

Pavel Durov not believe that in Russia Facebook will ever surpass the popularity created a social network “Vkontakte”. According to him, the threat to the position of “Vkontakte” come from the other side. The social network is still the leader by a huge margin, but, nevertheless, found it difficult to stay constantly necessary and useful for users. “Small apps like Instagram, WhatsApp, Viber, Snapchat attract more and more people,” said Durov.

However, he sharply criticized some of these applications. So, WhatsApp messenger Durov called “fluff”. He metaphorically compared it with the “garden wall”, keeping in mind that the messenger does not allow users to store their messages on all devices. “If you have WhatsApp and the phone goes down, you don’t have access to your messages, you cannot send documents, it is bad from the point of view of privacy. I wasn’t a big fan of WhatsApp, they are not and now”, — said the businessman.

Durov said that in his Telegram messenger will be a special API that will allow developers bots to charge users. In an interview with Techcrunch editor and he told me about running this summer, developer platform bots. The solution, according to Durov, interested in many brands that promote their services via Telegram.

In addition, Pavel Durov commented on claims that the use Telegram in several encryption protocols attracts terrorists from ISIS, who use messenger to communicate with each other. “Our right to privacy is more important than the fear of terrorism, said Durov. — ISIS will always find another way of communication. I don’t think that we participate in their activities, and we should not feel at fault. If they hadn’t used the Telegram, they would have used something else”.

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During his speech at TechCrunch Disrupt Pavel Durov not announced how many expected users, the emergence of voice calls in the Telegram. WhatsApp and Viber a function there.

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