On Thursday, one of Facebook’s underrecognized competitor Telegram has announced that they have got three million users in the last 24 hours. All this happened because Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp were all experiencing significant outages worldwide. The new users were announced by Telegram’s founder and CEO Pavel Durov on his personal Telegram channel.
Telegram is a free encrypted messaging service similar to WhatsApp and currently operates on user donations rather than the targeted ads model used by Facebook, it is enabled by the data which collects from its users. The company’s aim is to protect the privacy of users as this is the most important feature nowadays.
Whatsapp has around 1.5 billion users worldwide and it is the part of Facebook growth plan as it prepares to integrate all of its messaging services. Whereas Telegram has more modest userbase with 200 million monthly active users. The intake of more 3 million users does not mean that the people have abandoned Facebook.
Earlier this month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that private messaging is the most important factor for the platform in the future. Anyhow, Facebook has still now answered why they were hit with such outage in the first place, and it’s unclear how it will deal with angry advertisers. On the other hand, the company had denied rumors of becoming a victim of a DDoS attack.
As a matter of fact, facebook control around 22 percent of the digital advertising market which estimated $90 million a day from advertisers. Bloomberg reports that the company is evaluating the issue impact and they might refund the advertisers. The company’s outage causes the biggest loss to users as well as their revenue. As for now, the outage mystery of Facebook is still unknown plus the company declined to comment on it.