announce Telegram CEO Pavel Durov said the messaging app gained 70 million new users on Monday, as Facebook suffered a nearly six-hour outage across its services.
as inform The encrypted messaging app Signal also announced the acquisition of millions of new users on the same day.
Both applications primarily compete with the Facebook-owned WhatsApp application. The outage also disrupted Messenger, leaving users unable to send messages via Instagram.
The 70 million new user figure represents an increase of more than 10 percent compared to the platform’s 500 million monthly active users as of January this year, the last time it reported a similar increase in new signups.
Although Durov claims that Telegram has continued to operate without problems in the face of unprecedented growth, he admitted that some users in the Americas may have experienced slower than usual speeds as millions of users from these continents rushed to register for Telegram at the same time.
Signal users were also experiencing issues as they could not see all of their contacts. Durov wrote: For new users, I would like to say welcome to the largest independent messaging platform. We will not fail when others fail.
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Telegram is gaining new users thanks to WhatsApp
The platform has always tried to attract WhatsApp’s two billion users. And earlier this year it added the ability to import WhatsApp chat logs. In a move designed to help users switch from the Facebook-owned messaging service.
Moreover, over the course of this year, it has also added another feature that focuses on video calls and live broadcasts. This is despite the fact that they still do not offer end-to-end encryption by default, unlike WhatsApp and Signal.
“The downfall of Facebook-owned WhatsApp is a reminder that you and your friends should probably use a more private non-profit alternative like Signal,” Edward Snowden wrote during the outage. It’s completely free and requires 30 seconds to switch. Snowden has long been an advocate of Signal, and said in 2015 he uses it every day.
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