Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger experienced one of their longest outages in history two days ago. As a result, highly-encrypted mobile messaging platform Telegramwitnessed a surge in signups on Thursday.
According to a report published by TechCrunch, Telegram garnered over three million new users during Facebook and its apps’ downtime.
“I see three million new users signed up for Telegram within the last 24 hours,” wrote Telegram Founder Pavel Durov on his page.
Facebook and its apps are back in action amid reports of some users still facing some issues.
“Good. We have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone,” Mr.Durov added.
Telegram confirmed to TechCrunch: “The Facebook apps’ downtime is the likely cause of its latest signup spike.”
Currently, the company has over 200 million monthly active users.
Two days ago on Wednesday, Facebook and its apps suffered a massive outage, as mentioned above. In a statement Thursday, the company blamed a “server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues” for the outages. The company said its services were coming back online.
“Yesterday, we made a server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues,” said a Facebook spokesperson. “As a result, many people had difficulty accessing our apps and services. We have resolved the issues, and our systems have been recovering over the last few hours. We are very sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate everyone’s patience.”