Telegram gained over 70 million new users during Facebook and Whatsapp outage says Pavel Durov

Messaging app Telegram gained over 70 million new users during Monday’s Facebook outage, its founder Pavel Durov said on Tuesday, as people worldwide were left without key messaging services for nearly six hours.

Facebook suffered a six-hour outage that spanned its WhatsApp messenger, the main social network and photo-sharing app Instagram, shutting out many of its 2.7 billion global users.

The situation idled some of the company’s employees and prompted a public apology from Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg.

Telegram founder and chief executive Pavel Durov said on Tuesday that his instant messaging app added a staggering 70 million users yesterday in what he described as a “record increase in user registration and activity” for the service.

“I am proud of how our team handled the unprecedented growth because Telegram continued to work flawlessly for the vast majority of our users,” wrote Durov on his Telegram channel. But the day wasn’t so flawless.

Telegram recently garnered more than 1billion downloads and had 500 million active users. Not only Telegram but Signal also witnessed an onslaught of users when WhatsApp became non-functional for hours.

The messaging apps saw an uptick in users when WhatsApp’s new privacy policy were under constant scrutiny. Telegram and Signal were deemed to be safer options as compared to WhatsApp.

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