WhatsApp users are not taking this announcement lightly. The sudden change prompted many users to storm out of the app and join the queue to other popular messenger apps like Telegram and iMessage instead. An app that came to attention amidst the hasty shift was Signal. Tesla CEO Elon Musk very bluntly tweeted and encouraged his followers to switch to the Signal app. Since then, many users went on to try Signal, which led to an evident system crash as the app was not used to handling the influx of new users. Fortunately, the crisis has been resolved and the app is now confirming new registrations without any delay.
Verification codes are currently delayed across several providers because so many new people are trying to join Signal right now (we can barely register our excitement). We are working with carriers to resolve this as quickly as possible. Hang in there.— Signal (@signalapp) January 7, 2021
Everyone should be able to register without delay again. Thanks to all of the carriers who flipped the right switches so that people can keep switching.— Signal (@signalapp) January 7, 2021
Signal Messenger LLP was founded by Moxie Marlinespike and Brian Acton in 2018. Signal app country origin is from California, USA. Signal and WhatsApp share a history. Brian Acton, the former co-founder of WhatsApp had bid his company a goodbye once Facebook acquired it and soon after, got onboard with Moxie Marlinspike to create the Signal Foundation. The risk of user privacy was one of the concerns for Acton and the reason for quitting WhatsApp.
While WhatsApp collects data from your Device ID, Advertising Data, Purchase History, Product Interaction, Performance Data, Payment Info, Search History, Location Data, etc., Signal only asks for your mobile number for registration purposes. In fact, the app doesn’t even link your number to your account identity. Also, Signal doesn’t even store any user data. Their code is open source so that anyone can see how the app is written and ensure that the high privacy standards as proclaimed, are met. Signal is available on Android, iOS and Chrome. It’s free of cost and has the same features as any other messenger apps.