A Brazilian court had ordered telecom service providers, to block access to the popular instant messaging service, WhatsApp, in the country for 2 days.
The temporary ban, came as a result of an undisclosed user suing WhatsApp.
Despite numerous orders, the company did not appear in the court, as a result of which the ban was ordered. Apparently, about 93% of Brazil’s population use WhatsApp for their daily communication. Naturally the company wasn’t happy about it, with WhatsApp founder and CEO Jan Koum, expressing hit disappointment about the ban, and so did John Rao, the head of Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency.
And WhatsApp misfotune turned out to be a blessing for its rival instant messaging app, Telegram. It announced that it had gained over 1.5 Million users in a span of about 6 hours.
Here is the tweet from Telegram which gloated about the spike in its app usage:
1.500.000 and counting, SMS-Gateways overloading. Hang on, your codes are coming! We've got all hands on deck to accommodate the crazy load.
— Telegram Messenger (@telegram) December 17, 2015
Download Telegram if you need a replacement for WhatsApp.
[appbox googleplay org.telegram.messenger]