Signal App sees surge in new users after getting endorsed by Elon Musk

The Signal app sees a surge in new users after getting endorsed by the recently crowned ‘wealthiest man on the planet’ Elon Musk.

As being reported more than 100,000 users installed Signal across the app stores of Apple and Google in the last two days after WhatsApp announced its new privacy policy on Wednesday.

According to data analytics firm Sensor Tower, new installs of WhatsApp fell 11 percent in the first seven days of 2021 as compared with the prior week, but that still amounted to an estimated 10.5 million downloads globally.

On Thursday, Elon Musk endorsed Signal App on Twitter, which happens to be one of the most-followed accounts on Twitter, and also by the micro-blogging site’s top boss Jack Dorsey.

The Signal app was developed by a non-profit company, the Signal Foundation, and Signal Messenger LLC.  The messaging app works well on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux,

It app was created by Moxie Marlinspike, an American cryptographer who is also the current CEO of Signal Messenger.

To one’s amazement, the Signal Foundation was created by WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton and Marlinspike. Acton left WhatsApp back in 2017 and invested around $50 million to help with funding Signal.

The Signal App is said to have a ‘Data Linked to You’ feature which means no one can take the screenshot of that chat message.

While another popular feature of the Signal App is that your old messages automatically disappears.

Many users who have switched to the SingalApp are sharing their reasons on social media:

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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