The Signal instant messaging application is benefiting from a considerable increase in users and popularity thanks to the controversy with WhatsApp’s new privacy policies. The fact that WhatsApp shares more and more information about its users with Facebook has led many people to study alternatives, with rival services growing in demand.
Another factor that has contributed to this increase in popularity of Signal is Elon Musk, since the richest man on the planet has resorted to social media to appeal to the exchange of WhatsApp for the lesser known application.
Signal is growing thanks to the controversy surrounding WhatsApp
In just two days, Signal registered more than 100 thousand installations. The flow of new users is being such that the verification messages needed to validate numbers and use the service are arriving several hours late.
Telegram is already a more popular application than Signal and during these same two days it has marked more than 2 million installations worldwide. In the opposite direction is obviously WhatsApp, with 11% fewer installations in a short period of time.
Relatively unknown until very recently, Signal is now beginning to present itself as a powerful alternative for those who wish to maintain the greatest possible privacy in an online environment increasingly exposed to risk.
Elon Musk calls for switching WhatsApp to Signal
Who has also helped Signal to grow recently is Elon Musk, who has used social media to criticize Facebook’s policies and encourage people to install Signal.
In recent years, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has publicly criticized Mark Zuckerberg’s company. He recently accused Facebook of helping to organize the invasion of the US Capitol that took place last week.
Despite all the controversy with WhatsApp, the new rules will not apply in Europe. However, if you are considering leaving the platform and switching to an alternative, we have an article that can help you in that process.
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