Telegram claims three million upsurge in users amid Facebook outages

Telegram claims three million upsurge in users amid Facebook outages

Russian messaging app Telegram claims to have seen a surge in sign-ups while rival Facebook's services were down.

Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp are now online after a massive global outage left certain users unable to access them for almost 24 hours.

According to the founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov, during this period his messaging app saw an increase in sign ups.

"I see 3 million new users signed up for Telegram within the last 24 hours," he wrote, without directly referencing Facebook.

However, Mr Durov did make reference to Telegram's marketing on privacy grounds, noting: "We have true privacy and unlimited space for everyone."

His statements follow consecutive privacy scandals for Facebook which resulted in Mark Zuckerberg suggesting the company would move towards an increasingly privacy focused platform, although many onlookers questioned the sincerity of this statement.

The privacy commitments of Telegram have been questioned by security researchers who believe it could be influenced by the Russian security services.