Telegram has gained as many as 3 million new members in the last 24 hours and for this sudden growth it has to thank Facebook.
Yesterday was full of problems and inconveniences for users of the Facebook social platforms (also Messenger) and Instagram and last night WhatsApp closed the loop. A situation of this type has obviously had positive implications for the competitors.
This morning, Pavel Durov, the founder and CEO of the popular instant messaging service Telegram, used his official channel to welcome 3 million new users, he wrote: “I see 3 million new users signed up for Telegram within the last 24 hours”, adding”Good. We have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone”.
This is clearly not a coincidence even if Durov did not explicitly refer to Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. In any case, a contact within Telegram confirmed to TechCrunch’s colleagues what was already quite obvious: the merit of this sudden growth is the aforementioned problems (“These outages always drive new users”), but is partly attributed to the will of a growing number of users to distance themselves from Facebook.
The situation of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp seems to have returned to normal, so it is likely that many users have already returned to using the platforms they are more accustomed to, but maybe many others in the meantime have begun to appreciate Telegram.
A year ago, Telegram had announced that it had exceeded 200 million active users per month despite the blocks encountered in some markets due to the refusal to submit to government requests.
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