Telegram CEO Pavel Durov has recently announced that the messaging app has gained 70 million new users on Monday, after Facebook 6 hours outage across its services. Messaging app Signal also reported gained millions of new users on the same day.
Although Durov claimed that Telegram continued to work flawlessly in the face of its unprecedented growth, he admitted that some users in the Americas may have experienced slower speed than usual as millions of users from these continents rushed to sign up for Telegram at the same time.
Durov wrote: “For the new users I’d like to say this – welcome to Telegram, the largest independent messaging platform. We won’t fail you when others will.”
During the outage whistleblower Edward Snowden wrote: “Facebook-owned Whatsapp being down is a reminder that you and your friends should probably be using a more private, non-profit alternative like @Signalapp anyway. It’s just as free, and takes like 30 seconds to switch.”