Telegram to the rescue as Facebook, WhatsApp, others shut down

A cross-platform, cloud-based instant messaging system, Telegram, yesterday quickly replaced Facebook and its messaging platforms like WhatsApp and Messenger, after they shut down across the world.

Like Facebook and its associated platforms, Telegram also provides end-to-end encrypted video calling, VoIP, file sharing and several other features.

The service was launched for iOS on August 14, 2013 and Android in October 2013.

Recall that Facebook users are experiencing outages across the world, including all social networks the company owns, which include Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Users were also unable to send messages or load new content on the mobile apps for these platforms. Even Oculus, Facebook’s virtual reality platform, and Workplace, its business communication tool, are down.

It appears that the outage was caused by a DNS (domain name server) fail — this is the naming structure that forms the web’s infrastructure.

The trillion-dollar company, which boasts 2.9 billion monthly active users, has remained down for at least two hours and counting.

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