The way Facebook intends to manage personal data on WhatsApp worries many users. Witness the Signal alternative, which was overwhelmed by the number of new registrants.
Facebook updates the WhatsApp Terms of Service including changes to the way the messaging app shares your data with other parent company services, Messenger and Instagram. Within the European Union and the United Kingdom, the company assures that the information in question will not be used for commercial purposes. Despite this explanation, competitor Signal is already rubbing his hands.
Indeed, via the platform’s official Twitter account, we learn that Signal has been temporarily overwhelmed by the number of new users.
Verification codes are currently delayed across several providers because so many new people are trying to join Signal right now (we can barely register our excitement). We are working with carriers to resolve this as quickly as possible. Hang in there.
– Signal (@signalapp) January 7, 2021
“ Verification codes are currently being delayed at several vendors because there are so many new people trying to join Signal right now ,” read the January 7 post. . The problem has since been corrected and the Signal teams explain in particular in response to their tweet that “ new users in Europe should be able to register again without delay “.
This incident – a rather heartening one for Signal – came just hours after the new WhatsApp usage policy started to catch on. In addition, the alternative application was able to navigate this controversy by highlighting how easy it was to transfer conversations to Signal from another platform.
Elon Musk and Edward Snowden as ambassadors
Additionally, the service was able to benefit from a publicity stunt from two tech and social media pundits. Elon Musk and Edward Snowden both encouraged their followers to use Signal. The exiled Russia-exiled former NSA agent even cracked a tweet where he explicitly suggested that he would be out of this world if he used another messaging app.
Here’s a reason: I use it every day and I’m not dead yet. https://t.co/Trhgqbwdpj
– Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 7, 2021
“ Here’s a reason: I use it every day and I’m still not dead ,” writes the whistleblower. It must be said that Signal has always emphasized the strong encryption it used on all conversations exchanged on its platform to ensure the confidentiality of the comments made there.
Note that this is also an argument made by Telegram , another instant messaging service.