As of Monday afternoon, nearly 3.5 billion Facebook subscribers were left without access to the group’s services due to an outage due to misconfiguration of the servers.
It didn’t take much for competing messaging apps to fill up with new users.
This is how Telegram claims to have obtained almost 70 million new members, while on the side of Signal, popularized by none other than Edward Snowdon and Elon Musk, we are talking about millions of new members.
On Twitter, Signal’s management said: “We also know what it’s like to work during an outage, and we wish the engineers the best as they work to restore service on other platforms.”
Signal is a free, cross-platform, private messaging app that works on all devices, ad-free, as it is fully funded by community donations.
This allows you to send encrypted messages, as well as voice or video calls. It also allows you to delete messages and send any type of image, audio, video or file to your correspondents.
70 million on Telegram
Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov said Tuesday that his instant messaging app had 70 million users yesterday, in what he described as a “record increase in the service’s user activity and registration.”
He adds that “some users in the Americas may have experienced slower access than usual, as millions of users rushed to register on Telegram at the same time.”
On his blog, Telegram had reached 400 million monthly users in early 2020. Then, by the end of 2020, the number had reached 500 million.
Both promote the strict confidentiality of their encrypted services to attract new privacy-conscious customers.
And whenever privacy and data privacy are under fear among followers of Facebook, which controls Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram, competing apps Signal and Telegram fill up with subscribers, as they did on May 15, when WhatsApp changed its policy that it allows more sharing. user data with parent company Facebook.