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Telegram gains record 70 million new users in one day owing to Facebook outage

WhatsApp rivals Telegram and Signal saw millions of new user registrations owing to the outage, but will these users persist?

"The daily growth rate of Telegram exceeded the norm by an order of magnitude, and we welcomed over 70 million refugees from other platforms in one day," Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov said on Tuesday. To put the number in perspective: 70 million new users is an increase of nearly 15 percent compared to the 500 million monthly active users the messaging app had as of January this year. Secure messaging app Signal also tweeted that millions of new people joined the app following the outage. Telegram and Signal experienced this sudden spike in user registration on October 4 after Facebook’s family of products — including Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger —  went offline for nearly six hours in an unprecedented outage affecting billions of users. According to outage-tracking site Downdetector, this was the largest outage the company saw with over 14 million…

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