While Facebook's family of apps was crippled by historic worldwide outages, a competitor gained a massive influx in users. Pavel Durov, founder and CEO of encrypted messaging service Telegram, confirmed early Thursday that the platform had registered 3 million new users during the time that Facebook's apps were down. Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp suffered from outages that remained unresolved for most of Wednesday, with the incident believed to be the longest disruption in service ever recorded for the social media giant. Pavel Durov, CEO of encrypted messaging service Telegram, said early Thursday that the platform had registered 3 million new users during the time that Facebook's apps were down'I see 3 million new users signed up for Telegram within the last 24 hours,' Durov wrote on his personal Telegram channel. We have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone.'
Millions of WhatsApp users have taken the drastic step of abandoning the app, following a poorly explained update to the terms and conditions. Rival apps have gained many of these disgruntled users, with new figures shared by the UK parliament's home affairs committee on'online harms' showing that Signal gained 7.5 million users in the first three weeks of the year, while Telegram gained a whopping 25 million. The mass exodus comes after WhatsApp alerted users to a change in its terms and conditions, according to Niamh Sweeney, the company's director of public policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Speaking to the home affairs committee, she explained that the update was intended to enable a new set of business features, and'make clarifications and provide greater transparency' around WhatsApp's existing policies. 'There are no changes to our data sharing with Facebook anywhere in the world,' she insisted.
A poorly-explained update to its terms of service has pushed WhatsApp users to adopt alternative services such as Signal and Telegram in their millions. The exodus was so large that WhatsApp has been forced to delay the implementation of the new terms, which had been slated for 8 February, and run a damage limitation campaign to explain to users the changes they were making. Over the first three weeks of January, Signal has gained 7.5 million users globally, according to figures shared by the UK parliament's Home Affairs committee, and Telegram has gained 25 million. In both cases, the increase appears to have come at WhatsApp's expense. Data tracked by analytics firm App Annie shows WhatsApp falling from the 8th most downloaded app in the UK at the beginning of the month to the 23rd by 12 January.
Former homicide detective Ted Williams joins'America's News HQ' Secure messaging service Signal is back up and running after suffering an outage caused by a surge in demand. Signal, like another secure messaging app, Telegram, has seen its popularity soar recently amid the fallout from the Capitol riot. A recent privacy update from WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, has helped drive demand for Signal and Telegram, according to the Associated Press. WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT SIGNAL, THE SECURE MESSAGING APP THAT'S SURGING IN POPULARITY On Saturday evening Signal explained that its service has been restored following a demand-related outage. Signal app displayed on iPhone (Credit: Signal.org
Facebook and Instagram are down for thousands of users around the world causing a hilarious social media meltdown. Some of those attempting to go onto the sites are being shown a blank page, with nothing loading - causing them to complain they now have to talk to their families. Others have reported they can only load certain parts of the websites or apps of the two Facebook-owned services. The end of the world has come... #facebookdown pic.twitter.com/VdyOFIXaCE Facebook and Instagram are down for thousands of users around the world.