Google Telegram was estimated at $1 billion

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American Corporation Google in may 2015 estimated created by Pavel Durov messenger Telegram at least $1 billion, announced April 28, the portal “the Secret”, citing a source close to Telegram, and several investors in the venture capital market. This information confirmed RBC two friends. Google was considering the purchase Telegram, insist that both the interlocutor of RBC. The Durov offer American corporations are not staged, said one of the sources.

The meeting was held at the initiative of Google, the founder of Telegram personally met the General Director of the Internet Corporation Sundar Pichai, according to sources of “Secret”. The American company wanted to “discuss the market messengers and their prospects in this market”, — specifies the edition.

Durov, the question RBC did not answer. The questions of “Secret”, he said only that “cooperation Telegram and Google of the question”.

The messenger Telegram Pavel Durov launched in 2013. In 2014, after leaving from a post of the General Director, the largest Russian social network “Vkontakte”, Durov fully focused on the development of the messenger. Telegram from the very beginning positioned itself as a service, the correspondence of users is encrypted and not accessible to tampering by hackers and intelligence agencies.

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In June 2015, Durov said that the monthly cost of the messenger are on average $1 million “Content” Telegram is happening at their own expense, third-party investors service has still not attracted, said Durov. According to him, the messenger will remain free for users, and monetization can happen through the development of platforms for external developers. In February 2016 Telegram reported that the number of active users has reached 100 million per month.

Google does not have its own separate service messenger. Audience of similar products belonging to the world’s largest social network Facebook, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger in April 2016, amounted to over 1 billion and 900 million users respectively, said the founder and CEO of Facebook mark Zuckerberg. The WhatsApp service at the beginning of April 2016 announced the move to encrypting all of the correspondence users.

With the participation of Dmitry Filonov, Alena Sukharevskaya