Messaging app Telegram says it added 70 million new users during Facebook and WhatsApp’s six-hour outage.
Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov announced a massive boost to “record growth in user registrations and activity.”
Facebook’s 3.5bn users were unable to access its products, including Instagram and Messenger, due to a faulty configuration change announced by the company.
Telegram and other messaging apps flooded with new users as people rushed to find a replacement for Facebook products during the outage.
“I am proud of how our team handled the unprecedented development as Telegram continues to function flawlessly for most of our users,” said Mr. Durov.
“That said, some users in the US may have experienced slower speeds than usual as millions of users across these continents rushed to sign up for Telegram at the same time.”
Telegram announced earlier this year that it had reached 500 million monthly users.
Signal, which also competes with WhatsApp and Telegram, announced that it had added “millions of new users” during the Facebook outage.
Facebook Engineering Vice President Santosh Janardhan explained in an updated blog post on Tuesday that the company’s engineers have issued an order that inadvertently disconnected Facebook data centers from the rest of the world.
Facebook said the outage took out equipment its engineers normally use to check and repair.
The company sent a team of engineers to its data centers location to try to debug and restart the systems, but the security systems meant they took extra time to physically get inside the server buildings.
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