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Telegram founder says over 70 million new users joined during Facebook crash

The Telegram messaging app gained more than 70 million new users during Monday’s Facebook outage, its founder Pavel Durov said on Tuesday, as people around the world were left without key messaging services for nearly six o’clock.

Facebook blamed its outage, which prevented its 3.5 billion users from accessing services like WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, to a faulty configuration change.

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

Durov said some US users may have experienced slower speeds as millions rushed to sign up at the same time, but the service was working as usual for the majority.

EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said the blackout demonstrated the repercussions of relying on only a few big players and underscored the need for more rivals.
Russia said the incident showed Moscow was right to develop its own sovereign internet platforms and social networks. Read more

The nearly six-hour WhatsApp outage on Monday affected trading in Russian oil-fired cryptocurrency assets, market participants said, although a rapid switch to alternative platforms such as Telegram has limited serious disturbances.

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