WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram faced an outage yesterday with users from around the world reporting issues with sending messages on WhatsApp and Messenger and accessing other features on the three Facebook-owned platforms.
Telegram claims to have had a surge in sign-ups within the last 24 hours, at the time duration when its rival messaging services were facing downtime.
Telegram adopted end-to-end encryption support way back in 2013 – three years before WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
Telegram messenger has introduced many unique features in recent months that no other widely-adopted messaging app is yet offering. Two of these features include:
- Multiple Account Support: Users can add up to 3 Telegram accounts and easily switch between them simultaneously without logging out.
- Create Polls: Telegram offers built-in polling feature for large communities, allowing them to coordinate their activities and discuss complex issues efficiently.
“In 5+ years, Telegram disclosed exactly zero bytes of private data to third-parties including governments. That’s why Telegram is banned by authoritarian governments such as Russia and Iran. Other apps such as WhatsApp have no issues with there,” Durov said in a tweet.
Since Durov telegram message doesn’t offer any explanation for the sudden spike in the Telegram sign-ups, Hack Hex has reached out to him and will update this article as soon as we hear back.