Fear of running out of WhatsApp made many Brazilian users migrate to the Telegram. Telegram had won more than 1.5 million Brazilian users in less than 24 hours.

The main mobile operators in Brazil were ordered by the courts to block the WhatsApp messaging app throughout the national territory for 48 hours. The lock is worth from Thursday. The receipt of the court order was confirmed by the National Union of Telephone Companies and Mobile and Personal Services.

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Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, said in a post that this is “a sad day for the country”. The company, which owns the Whatsapp, said it is working hard to reverse the situation.

WhatsApp ban for 48 hours! leads millions of users to Telegram

Fear of running out of WhatsApp earned many Brazilian users migrate to the Telegram. In Telegram’s Twitter account, WhatsApp rival claims to have won more than 1.5 million new users in Brazil in just a few hours.

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The Telegram began to be selected by the Brazilians as an alternative to WhatsApp with such enthusiasm that the registration system of new users was overwhelmed on Thursday. The sudden gain of new users by Telegram just occurred shortly after being reported that Justice SP determined WhatsApp lock in the country for 48 hours from midnight this Thursday, December 17

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The Telegram obtained more than 1.5 million Brazilian users in less than 24 hours. The high demand gave up because of WhatsApp lock in Brazil determined by the courts. Demand was so strong that the Telegram itself faced problems sending SMS authentication for new accounts. The number of activations is 75 new users per second. The failures were reported by Telegram itself. “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” the company said through twitter.

Other applications are also emerging as alternatives to WhatsApp, such as Viber, who claimed to have 27 million users in Brazil. There is no shortage option to communicate with this 48 hours of WhatsApp Messenger lock, there’s the Google Hangouts, DMs on Twitter, Instagram, Skype, among hundreds of others as an option

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This was not the first time when WhatsApp is putting up with a block, in February 2015 Brazilians met with a similar controversy with WhatsApp, which ran the risk of being blocked because of WhatsApp’s refusal to provide information to a police investigation.