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#Facebookdown: Telegram gains 70m followers- Founder

Messaging app Telegram says it added 70m new users during the six-hour outage of Facebook and WhatsApp.

Telegram founder Pavel Durov announced the massive boost in what he called a “record increase in user registration and activity”.

Potentially billions of users were impacted Monday when Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp platforms went offline for seven hours.

Telegram, a messenger site particularly popular in the former Soviet Union countries and Iran, is used both for private communications and sharing information and news.

“Yesterday Telegram experienced a record increase in user registration and activity,” Durov, 36, wrote on his Telegram channel.

“We welcomed over 70 million refugees from other platforms in one day.”

“For the new users I’d like to say this — welcome to Telegram, the largest independent messaging platform,” Durov added.

“We won’t fail you when others will.

According to monitoring firm SensorTower, Telegram has gone from the 56th most downloaded free app in the United States to the fifth.

Pavel and Nikolai Durov, founded the app in 2013.