Elon Musk explodes interest in Signal

Encrypted messaging application Signal has announced that the number of new users signing up for the platform has skyrocketed in recent days. In fact, this increase leads to delays in the mobile number verification of the platform through different mobile service providers.

There are two reasons why a platform run by a non-profit organization called the Signal Foundation is drawing so many users: Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, and Signal’s rival WhatsApp.

Elon Musk hints at Facebook’s role in organizing it in a tweet he posted following the attacks by Trump supporters on the convention building in the US capital on Wednesday. The photo in the tweet shows a series of dominoes and symbolizes how Facebook got on the path that contributed to Congress’ attack from a platform that determines whether the girls on the Harvard University campus are beautiful or ugly.

Musk, who has attracted a lot of attention with Facebook criticism in recent years, made a suggestion to his 41.5 million followers after this tweet and recommended that they use Signal.

When it comes to the WhatsApp controversy, this is a little more complicated. While it’s unclear whether Musk is referring to it or aware of WhatsApp’s current privacy issue, there is a growing response to Facebook’s messaging app due to the launch of a new privacy policy on Feb. 8.

WhatsApp has made a statement about its privacy policy

According to The Verge site, WhatsApp clarified the situation with a statement on the subject:

As we announced in October, WhatsApp wants to make it easy for people to get help from a business, both through purchases and directly through WhatsApp. While most people use WhatsApp to chat with friends and family, more and more people are reaching out to businesses. To further increase transparency, we have updated the privacy policy to explain that potential companies can choose to purchase secure hosting services from our parent company Facebook to help manage their communications with their customers on WhatsApp. It is of course up to the user whether he wants to send a message to a company on WhatsApp or not.

The update does not change the WhatsApp data sharing applications with Facebook and does not affect the way people communicate privately with friends or family, wherever they are in the world. WhatsApp is committed to protecting people’s privacy. We are communicating directly with users about these changes via WhatsApp so that they have time to review the new policy in the coming month.

Niamh Sweeney, WhatsApp’s director of market policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, also stated in a series of posts he shared on Twitter that WhatsApp for people living in Europe will not share data with Facebook for advertising purposes under any circumstances.

All of this has led to a social media trend that WhatsApp users seem to be fleeing from the platform to join Signal, a nonprofit encrypted messaging app that is not among the largest social network in the world. It should also be noted that Signal Messenger LLC, the software company that manages Signal’s product development, was co-founded and funded by Brian Acton, the disillusioned WhatsApp co-founder, who publicly criticized his former employer’s privacy practices.

The most interesting thing about this is that Signal is a viable mobile messaging application and is also generating great interest as an alternative to the Facebook ecosystem.

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