Overjoyed Brazilians Reunite With Their Favorite Texting App
A ban on WhatsApp briefly drove millions of Brazilians to download Telegram
After a terrible stretch without WhatsApp, Brazilians have finally been reunited with their favorite texting tool. Service was reinstated after a judge in Sao Paulo banned the app, leading to nearly a half day of insufferable chat-free agony.
It’s now back, but even the brief hiatus drove users into the arms of another: while Whatsapp was down, downloads of Telegram soared, growing by around 1.5 million users overnight.
The ban, which may have been encouraged by local large telecoms companies, began at 12am sharp on December 17, sending Brazilians into a tailspin. The ban also increased worry over freedoms at a time when the political climate in the country is already unstable, with tens of thousands of Brazilians calling for the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff.
The political climate seemed to calm, however, when service to Whatsapp started rolling back out to users in Rio de Janeiro, who swiftly ditched Telegram. Others mourned the break from addictive texting.
#Whatsapp "Telegram ganhou 1,5 de downloads em 5 horas" Whatsapp Voltou "2 milhões desinstalaram o Telegram"
— Raick Miranda (@RaickM) December 17, 2015
Whatsapp de todo mundo volta, menos o meu
— mari juana (@sensurad4) December 17, 2015
Meu WhatsApp não voltou gente
— Nathália Coelho (@nathhcoelho_) December 17, 2015
As pessoas deviam está aliviadas ao passar alguns momentos sem whatsapp, incrível a importância que dão a esse APP.
— Stefany Paiva (@stefanypaiva44) December 17, 2015
às pessoas estão mais preocupadas com a volta do whatsapp do q com a volta de cristo
— rit (@ritchellyguima) December 17, 2015