Telegram, a messaging platform similar to Whatsapp, gained ground to its rivals after Facebook suffered a six-hour hiatus last Monday.
The company added more than 70 million new users in a single day.
The company’s founder, Pavel Durov, said in a post on the channel that “Telegram’s daily growth rate exceeded the norm and we welcomed over 70 million ‘refugees’ from other platforms in one day.”
Durov referred to it as “other platforms” WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.
The Facebook shutdown mysteriously coincided with the controversial appearance of Frances Haugen, the former product manager of the company’s civic integrity team, who said that “the company gave more priority to personal gain than public safety”.
While many experts did not take long to connect the dots, Facebook said the server failure was due to an incorrect configuration change.
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