Cloud-based instant messaging and voice-over IP service Telegram has surpassed 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store.

According to Telegram CEO Pavel Durov, the messaging app had more than 500 million active monthly users at the start of 2021.

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As a result of the recent issues with WhatsApp and the outage of Facebook, Durov said more than 70 million new users have joined Telegram.

“The daily growth rate of Telegram exceeded the norm by an order of magnitude, and we welcomed more than 70 million refugees from other platforms in one day,” Durov said in a statement.

“I am proud of how our team handled the unprecedented growth because Telegram continued to work flawlessly for the vast majority of our users,” he added.

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