Signal messaging app is suddenly the most downloaded free app on iOS and Android. This article offers some in-depth explanation.
The changes have raised a lot of eye brow considering they introduce permissions for Facebook to share some personal details of its users with its Facebook Ads platform. While WhatsApp itself has not been directly monetized with ads, the changes could be a prelude to targetted ads in addition to other things that some might consider an invasion of their privacy.
Will Cathcart, Head of WhatsApp at Facebook, attempted to allay fears and make some clarification via a thread of tweets:
The concerns about Facebook’s practices relative to respecting the privacy of its users had lead some to suggesting other messaging apps, especially Signal.
SA-born entrepreneur, Elon Musk, was very simple and straightforward in his assession:
So was privacy aficionado, Edward Snowden:
Signal is essentially a cross-platform open-source messaging service that is available via apps for Windows PCs, Macs, iPhones and Android smartphones. Security and respect of its users’ privacy is its key selling point.
You can understand the Signal app a bit more by watching this simple video: