A day after Tesla chief Elon Musk endorsed messaging app Signal, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has also hinted he prefers the app now over WhatsApp.
Dorsey tweeted a screenshot of his phone showing the app installed in it.
— jack (@jack) January 10, 2021
It has said that all users “must agree” to the new terms by February 8, 2021 if they want to continue using the app. The changes are related to the way businesses will be able to operate on the application and interact with users, WhatsApp’s spokesperson said.
Shortly after, messaging app Signal said that it is seeing a spike in user registration on its platform. It requested its new users to try signing up again as the verification code delays have been removed.
Signal tweeted Monday that it “continued to shatter traffic records” as a great number of new users who don’t approve of WhatsApp’s new policy of sharing data with Facebook are switching to it.
We continue to shatter traffic records and add capacity as more and more people come to terms with how much they dislike Facebook’s new terms. If you weren’t able to create a new group recently, please try again. New servers are ready to serve you.
— Signal (@signalapp) January 10, 2021
After Tesla CEO and the world’s richest person Elon Musk recommended Signal over WhatsApp, a sudden surge in demand for the application led to delays in phone number verification of new users.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
According to data analytics from Sensor Tower, more than 100,000 users installed Signal in two days after Musk’s endorsement, with Telegram recording over 2.2 million downloads. Signal tweeted that it was working to handle the influx of new users.
Even though we’re still breaking records, verification codes are back in the groove. Delivery delays have been eliminated across multiple cellular providers, so things should be more ASAP when you join the app.
— Signal (@signalapp) January 9, 2021
Signal is an encrypted messaging application which says on its official website: “We can’t read your messages or listen to your calls, and no one else can either. Privacy isn’t an optional mode — it’s just the way that Signal works. Every message, every call, every time.