What you need to know
- Telegram gained 70 million new users during the Facebook and WhatsApp outage, according to Telegram's founder.
- WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram went down for several hours on October 4, 2021.
Facebook's services, including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger, went down for several hours on October 4, 2021. The outage sent people to other social media sites to share jokes about the services being down, but it also drove people to sign up for alternatives that aren't powered by Facebook. According to Telegram founder Pavel Durov, 70 million people signed up for Telegram during the Facebook outage.
Durov said that he was proud of how the Telegram team handled the "unprecedented growth" (via TechCrunch):
During the outage, our senior editor Jez Corden suggested people switch to Telegram.
Telegram tops our list of the best WhatsApp alternatives. It's a free communication app that supports several of the same features as WhatsApp, including messaging, group chats, audio calls, and video calls.
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