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Facebook Suffered Massive Outage

It seems like Telegram benefited from the massive outage suffered by its social media competitor on Thursday.

Over three million Facebook users flocked to Telegram after Facebook’s network of apps, which includes WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram, went down for almost the entire day. The apps were out for a total of 14 hours and many users decided that it was time to jump ship to another messaging app, Telegram. Which of course, Pavel Durov, Telegram’s founder, was thankful for.

“I see 3 million new users signed up for Telegram within the last 24 hours,” Durov posted on Twitter for his followers to see. “Good. We have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone.”

Meanwhile, Facebook denies that the outage was caused by DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. Instead, the company points to a more simple issue, like overloaded servers, as the culprit for the massive outage.

“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps,” a tweet says on Facebook’s official Twitter page. “We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

At 200 million users, Telegram is still a baby in the messaging field compared to WhatsApp’s 1.5 billion users.