A mass exodus to Signal, after a controversy over the new WhatsApp terms

The “Signal” messaging application topped the list of the most downloaded applications on the “Apple Store” and “Google Play” stores in several countries since its rival, WhatsApp, announced last Thursday, its intention to share more data with the parent network (Facebook).

Since many users of WhatsApp on social networks expressed their intention to migrate to “Signal”, like the president of “Tesla” Elon Musk, the free application is at the top of the list of most downloaded applications in India, Germany and France, and also in Hong Kong, as I mentioned Signal via Twitter.

To attract more new users, Signal published a simple explanation of the usage rules to help them easily transfer their conversations from another messaging application, according to what was reported by the French Press Agency.

The new demand for the application has caused technical problems “Thursday” and “Friday”. Signal stated that “the verification codes are currently delayed (…) because many are trying to join (Signal) at the present time.”

Signal, which was launched in 2014, is classified by experts as one of the most secure messaging applications in the world, especially thanks to its ability to fully encrypt messages and voice or video communications between the two ends of the communication.

The application quickly gained popularity among journalists and whistleblowers. Especially thanks to the support of Edward Snowden, who leaked classified data on the methods of the American intelligence services in spying on communications.

The “WhatsApp” service is facing criticism after it asked its two billion users around the world to agree to new terms of use that would allow it to share more data with Facebook, which owns the application.

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Users who refuse to accept the new terms will be banned from using their accounts from February 8th.

The group seeks to generate cash revenues by allowing advertisers to communicate with their customers through WhatsApp, until they sell their products directly through the platform, which is what the network began to do in India.

The company pointed out that the data that may be shared between “WhatsApp” and the “Facebook” system of applications (including “Instagram” and “Messenger”) includes contacts and profile information, but does not affect the content of messages that remain encrypted.

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