Pavel Durov, founder of the Telegram messaging application, announced that the application gained over 70 million new users during Monday’s Facebook outage.
“The daily growth rate of the Telegram application exceeded the normal rate in large numbers and we received more than 70 million users from other platforms in one day,” Durov wrote on his channel via “Telegram”.
“Some users in the Americas may have experienced slow service, with millions of people rushing to sign up at the same time, but the service worked as usual for the most part,” he added.
Facebook blamed the interruption, which prevented 3.5 billion users from accessing WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, of a change that resulted in a flaw in the installation and configuration system.
“The disruption showed the implications of relying on a few big players and underscored the need for more competitors,” said EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager.
Russia said the incident proved Moscow was right to develop its own sovereign internet platforms and social networks.
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