Signal, which is operated by a nonprofit and relies solely on donations to keep its business going, says it “expanded capacity” to cope with the sudden surge in new users.
Unfortunately, the secure platform has not disclosed exactly how many new users have joined the service in the past few days. However, the messaging service has skyrocketed the most downloaded charts on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Speaking to the New York Times, surveillance firm AppTopia claimed that Signal added 1.3 million new users on Jan. 11 alone. Signal only takes a few more days and could quickly double the 20 million active users it counted as of December 2020.
And the weekend’s outage seems to prove that Signal’s popularity hasn’t entirely waned. In the past few days, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been asking his millions of followers to download Signal – a message also confirmed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
For example, when you register for a WhatsApp account, your cell phone number is sent to the parent company. Facebook can also display information about your mobile devices, including the make and model of the device you are using to access WhatsApp.
If you’re interested in some of the alternative chat apps, Express.co.uk has a comprehensive guide on the best chat apps to use in place of WhatsApp.