Telegram founder says over 70 mln new customers joined throughout Facebook outage

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MOSCOW, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Messaging app Telegram gained over 70 million new customers throughout Monday’s Facebook (FB.O) outage, its founder Pavel Durov mentioned on Tuesday, as folks worldwide have been left with out key messaging providers for almost six hours.

Facebook blamed its outage, which saved its 3.5 billion customers from accessing providers similar to WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, on a defective configuration change. learn extra

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

Durov mentioned some customers within the Americas might have skilled slower speeds as hundreds of thousands rushed to enroll on the similar time, however that the service labored as typical for almost all.

EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager mentioned the outage demonstrated the repercussions of counting on only a few large gamers and underscored the necessity for extra rivals. learn extra

Russia mentioned the incident confirmed Moscow was proper to develop its personal sovereign web platforms and social networks. learn extra

WhatsApp’s almost six-hour lengthy outage on Monday hit buying and selling of property from cryptocurrencies to Russian oil, market gamers mentioned, though a fast shift to different platforms similar to Telegram restricted extreme disruption. learn extra

Reporting by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Jan Harvey

A 3D printed Telegram logo is pictured on a keyboard in front of binary code in this illustration taken September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration