Telegram, an instant message app has been reported to have gained up to 70 million new users after Facebook’s services went offline for several hours on Monday. The Monday outage might have grossly hurt the company, its founder, shareholders, and many businesses that rely on social services. But for Telegram which is a rival company, it was a very good day.
Pavel Durov, Telegram founder and chief executive said on Tuesday that his instant messaging app added a staggering 70 million users on Monday in what he described as a “record increase in user registration and activity” for the service.
He added that he is proud of how his team handled the unprecedented growth because Telegram continued to work flawlessly for the vast majority of users around the globe.
Telegram gains 70 million new users when Whatsapp was offline for six hours.
Telegram, which recently topped 1 billion downloads, had 500 million monthly active users as of the first quarter of this year.
Recalled that all Facebook services went offline for up to 6 hours on Monday, the 4th of October 2021, causing users who relied on the platform to be stranded. Facebook however blamed the outage which kept its 3.5 billion users from accessing services such as WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger, on a faulty configuration change.