Facebook’s outage becomes Telegram’s gain with 3 million new users

Facebook chair and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The company confirmed it had restored the services on both Facebook and Instagram

Facebook, which has roughly 2.3bn monthly users, recovered from the interruption yesterday morning and its services are now operating normally.

"Instagram was down for a few hours so here I am".

Facebook was yesterday forced to use the rival social network to update its users after the problem prevented people using the company's main service as well as Instagram and WhatsApp. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access! Amid the outrage, Telegram was busy welcoming new users. Facebook attempted to fix the issue, but it wasn't until around 9:30 a.m. this morning that the company finally announced that the outage was resolved.

Meanwhile, Facebook's loss turned out to be Telegram's gain. Parnell further added that the company is focused on fixing the problem as quickly as possible, it can confirm that the outage is not, in any way, related to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.

Facebook is facing a slew of lawsuits and regulatory inquiries over its privacy practices, including ongoing investigations by the US Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and two state agencies in NY. Facebook has pinned the error a "server configuration change", which is vague enough to avoid deeper probing, and subsequent troubleshooting from armchair experts.

Facebook users around the world were in distress as many issues with logging into and posting on the site were reported throughout the day Wednesday. "Good. We have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone", Durov posted from his Telegram account.

While this represented a major leap for the messaging app that prides itself as the most secured end-to-end encryption chat app, it remains to be seen if the huge number is sustainable.

Some media outlets branded the outage as the biggest in Facebook's history. Meanwhile, numerous WhatsApp users complained that they were unable to send any picture-based messages.

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