Telegram added over 70 million users during Facebook outage

Telegram founder Pavel Durov said on Tuesday that over 70 million new users joined his instant messaging app during Monday’s Facebook outage. 

“The daily growth rate of Telegram exceeded the norm by an order of magnitude, and we welcomed over 70 million refugees from other platforms in one day,” Durov wrote on his Telegram channel.

“I am proud of how our team handled the unprecedented growth because Telegram continued to work flawlessly for the vast majority of our users. That said, some users in the Americas may have experienced slower speed than usual as millions of users from these continents rushed to sign up for Telegram at the same time.” he added. 

Facebook attributed the nearly six-hour long outage, which prevented 3.5 billion users from accessing apps including WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, to a faulty configuration change.

Signal also said in a tweet that millions of new users joined the app during the outage.

Telegram and Signal also saw a significant increase in download numbers when WhatsApp announced its controversial privacy policy. After the announcement of WhatsAğğ’s new privacy policy, mobile users started looking for WhatsApp-alternative apps and Telegram and Signal added millions of new users. 

Major social media companies also saw a boost in time spent on apps during the Facebook outage. According to the Sensor Tower data,  Snapchat saw a 23% boost in time spent on its Android app on Monday compared with the same day the prior week. That led to gains in activity on apps from Telegram and Signal to Twitter and TikTok on Oct. 4, the mobile researcher said.

Written by Sophie Blake

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