This Messaging App Added 5 Million New Members One Day After WhatsApp Went Down

Telegram, a free and secure messaging app for iPhone and Android, tweeted last night that it added close to 5 million people to its service one day after WhatsApp went down for several hours.

After Facebook announced its purchase of WhatsApp last week, an incredible amount of users have been flocking to Telegram. Within two days, the app added over 1 million users.

However, the growth has been too much for Telegram to handle, and just like WhatsApp is has experienced some server downtime.

Telegram is based in Berlin was funded by Pavel and Nikolai Durov, the billionaire brothers who created the Russian version of Facebook, VKontakte. Users within Telegram’s network can send encrypted photos, videos, texts, and documents to each other. Telegram launched for iPhone in August 2013 and then for Android in October 2013. At that time, Telegram had 100,000 users before this flood of new members.

One possible reason for this increase is reports — which may or may not be true — that WhatsApp messages can be intercepted by hackers. Here’s an example on Forbes. We’ve reached out to Telegram for comment and will update this post if we get a response. In the meantime, Telegram’s twitter account is a great source of information.

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