Telegram benefited big-time from Facebook’s massive 14-hour global outage. Telegram’s founder and CEO Pavel Durov made this known on his personal Telegram channel on Thursday.
“I see 3 million new users signed up for Telegram within the last 24 hours,” the Telegram chief said. “Good. We have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone.” Privacy though, will always be a subject of controversy as this has always been a subject of debate for many. As a matter of fact, many would easily question if Telegram is truly as private as Durov claims.
While this represented a major leap for the messaging app that prides itself as the most secured end-to-end encryption chat app, it remains to be seen if the huge number is sustainable. WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, two major rivals of Telegram are currently recovering from that outage, and are set to retain their dominant positions.
That said, it will be massive if the number can be sustained and become permanent given Telegram’s impressive 200 million user base. Before the outage, Telegram was not doing badly, and adding 3 million users within 24 hours is something to be cheerful about.
Facebook’s global outage that affected access to its services was the biggest since the company came into existence. The outage affected millions of users across several regions, continents and countries—and according to Facebook, this was caused by a “server configuration change.”
In a post on its Twitter page, Facebook blamed the outage on a server configuration change, but fell short of giving further details as to what that was all about. The company said the issue has now been resolved, and all systems are recovering from the outage.
While the outage lasted, millions of people across the globe were anxious to know what exactly was the cause as they could not access their accounts. The outage, which also affected Instagram, was not the first of its kind, but could as well be regarded as the biggest in the history of Facebook.
Things are since back to “normal” as millions of users now have access to their accounts both on Facebook and Instagram.
Last December, Facebook said its team internal team discovered a photo API bug that “may have affected people who used Facebook Login and granted permission to third-party apps to access their photos.” While Facebook said the issue had been fixed at the time, it however, went on to add that some third-party apps may have had access to “a broader set of photos than usual for 12 days between September 13 to September 25, 2018.”