Mass digital migration of users to messaging platform Signal

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  • January 22, 2021
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Mass digital migration of users to messaging platform Signal

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In news 

  • Facebook-owned WhatsApp recently updated its privacy policy which led to a mass digital migration of users from the messaging platform to its rivals such as Signal app.

Important value additions

  • Signal is a cross-platform centralized encrypted messaging service developed by the Signal Technology Foundation and Signal Messenger LLC. 
  • The non-profit Signal Foundation was launched in 2018 with initial funding of $50 million from Brian Acton.
  • It uses the Internet to send one-to-one and group messages, which can include files, voice notes, images and videos. 
  • It can also be used to make one-to-one and group voice and video calls.
  • Signal uses standard cellular telephone numbers as identifiers and secures all communications to other Signal users with end-to-end encryption.

Recent Development:

  • On 7 January 2021, Signal saw a surge in new user registrations due to a WhatsApp privacy policy change and a Signal endorsement by Elon Musk and Edward Snowden via Twitter.
  • Between 12 and 14 January 2021, the number of Signal installations listed on Google Play increased from over 10 million to over 50 million.

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