Telegram reports gain of 3 Million new users during Facebook’s outage

Facebook has been in the headlines more often than not in the past few months. Recently, we reported the Facebook CEO writing a blog post regarding the company’s future. In the blog post, Mark Zuckerburg stated that Facebook is working on becoming focused more on privacy. In the future, Facebook will be more like WhatsApp in terms of security and privacy according to him. However, Facebook was hit by a major outage on Wednesday, March 13.

We say this is a major outage because most of the major Facebook services were included. This includes the likes of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Now, the company has not revealed the cause of this outage. But Facebook has already denied the outage as being a cyber attack. Also, the outage remained as it is for almost 8 hours which is the most for a company like Facebook.

On the other hand, WhatsApp’s biggest competitor Telegram has revealed some interesting stats during this outage period. While Facebook services suffered a major outage, Telegram gained a huge chunk of new users. According to Telegram, this number was close to 3 Million in the form of new users. This means that the platform gained 3 Million new users in just 24 hours which equates to more than 1 lakh users every hour.

This data was shared by Telegram CEO Pavel Durov on his platform itself. He said that “I see 3 million new users signed up for Telegram within the last 24 hours,” and added that it is  “Good. We have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone.”

It is quite evident that Telegram CEO took a dig at Facebook with the word “true privacy” as we have known that Telegram takes its user’s privacy very seriously. At one point, though, Telegram came under scrutiny for its privacy because it was found out that terrorists used to operate on the platform hiding behind its encryption.