The messaging app, Telegram, has gained about 70 million new users during the period when the Facebook app was down on October 4, said its founder Pavel Durov. On Monday, millions of people did not have access to Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp for nearly six hours.
Facebook has said that some configuration changes have been to blame for this malfunction. “The average daily growth in Telegram has exceeded the norm and we have welcomed 70 million people from other platforms in one day,” Durov said in a Telegram post. Durov has said that some users in the United States may have faced slower speeds, while millions of people have attempted to open accounts.
European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said the blockade has demonstrated the consequences of supporting some big players and stressed the need for more rivals. Russia has said that the incident showed that Moscow was right when it asked to develop its online platforms, as well as social networks, reports Reuters news agency.
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