More than 70 million users have joined the Telegram secure messaging system, its Russian founder, Pavel Durov, said on Tuesday, October 5, a consequence of the massive outage that affected the applications of its competitor Facebook.

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“We have welcomed over 70 million refugees from other platforms in just one day”, welcomed Pavel Durov on his Telegram account, evoking “A record increase in the number of registrations”.

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Unprecedented growth

“I am proud of our team which has managed this unprecedented growth as Telegram has continued to operate smoothly for most of our users”, continued the 36-year-old billionaire.

An unprecedented global blackout on Monday forced billions of users to do without all of Facebook’s services, from WhatsApp to Instagram, via Messenger and Oculus.

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Taking advantage of the misfortune of others, Telegram messaging went from 56th to 5th place on Monday among the most downloaded free applications in the United States, according to the specialist firm SensorTower.

Other competing networks, like Twitter, have also seen an influx of users.

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“Welcome to Telegram”

“I would like to say the following to our new users: Welcome to Telegram, the world’s largest independent messenger. We will not disappoint you when others do ”, assured this Tuesday Pavel Dourov.

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Founded in 2013 by brothers Pavel and Nikolai Durov, former creators of the very popular Russian social network VKontakte, Telegram claims to make security its priority and generally refuses to collaborate with the authorities, which has earned it blockades attempts in some countries , especially in Russia.

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In January 2021, Telegram had already rejoiced to have gained 25 million users after the announcement by WhatsApp of a greater sharing of its data with its parent company Facebook.

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