In the last few hours, WhatsApp has been the subject of conversation around the world after publishing its new conditions in the privacy policies that users have to accept in order to continue using the messaging platform.
After this, Elon Musk, the billionaire who surpassed Jeff Bezos in wealth thanks to his companies Tesla and SpaceX, trilled a short message that generated an avalanche of opinions and an earthquake in technology. “Use Signal,” he wrote. What is it about?
Signal is a messaging application that has existed since 2016 and that in the last hours collapsed due to the sudden growth of new users, thanks to the call of tycoon Musk.
A few hours later, Signal’s Twitter account reported that different providers were unable to properly send verification codes because “a lot of new people are trying to join Signal right now.”
The platform has been characterized by “good practices” when it comes to talking about user privacy and even on their Twitter profile they have the following message: “Say hello to privacy”. The application even recently implemented a function that would blur faces in case they wanted to take pictures without compromising the privacy of the attendees.
Meanwhile, the platform also allows you to configure the messages so that they are deleted shortly after they are sent or automatically when they are read. In addition, it blocks the possibility of taking screenshots, so users have to use another device if they want to take a snapshot.
Signal is available on iOS, Android, and for computers. Since last year it has expressed its intention to become a massive product, after some time in which it was used by a select group.
“Privacy within reach of your pocket” and “Say hello to privacy” are some of the slogans of this messenger.
Signal was created by a Moxie Marlinspike, a crypto expert, who later received significant financial support from Brian Acton, with a $ 50 million investment in the project. The businessman was one of the founders of WhatsApp, who left the company after expressing his concerns about the privacy policies applied by the company led by Mark Zuckerberg.
The new privacy policies of WhatsApp, the most widely used messaging network in the world, gave something to talk about on social networks, so much so that it became a global trend.
The application decided to incorporate three major changes that have to do with the way in which WhatsApp processes user data, how companies can use the services hosted on Facebook to store and manage their WhatsApp chats (which has generated discomfort in the users regarding privacy issues) and how the messaging platform will soon partner with Facebook to offer deeper integrations across all of the parent company’s products.