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“Someone’s loss is someone’s gain.” Telegram surely proved this proverb right, when it gained around 7 crore new users during the global Facebook outage that happened two days ago.
A couple of days ago, due to a configuration glitch, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram went down globally for more than eight hours.
The outage benefited rival Telegram, which is a similar social platform to WhatsApp and Instagram.
Reportedly, tech giant Mark Zuckerberg, who owns the three- WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook, lost around ₹52,000 crore due to the massive outage.
"The daily growth rate of Telegram exceeded the norm by an order of magnitude, and we welcomed over 70 million refugees from other platforms in one day," Telegram founder Pavel Durov wrote on his Telegram channel.
As users were unable to use Facebook services like messaging, they turned towards an alternative, which was fully functional during that time.
This might be one of the reasons for Telegrams’ sky-rocketing growth in number of users, said reports.
"We apologize to all those affected, and we’re working to understand more about what happened today so we can continue to make our infrastructure more resilient," Facebook Vice President Infrastructure Santosh Janardhan said in a statement on Monday.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg too had issued a public apology regarding this and said that he was aware of the impact it had on people’s lives.