- Encrypting messaging service Signal will not replace WhatsApp, the co-founder of both apps had anticipated.
- Signal downloads have skyrocketed since rival WhatsApp announced it would let users share personal information with the parent company’s Facebook.
- Signal Foundation Chief Executive Brian Acton said there was room for both apps. “I have no desire to do everything WhatsApp does,” he told TechCrunch.
- He expects people to rely on Signal to talk to family and close friends while still chatting with others via WhatsApp, he said.
- Acton co-founded WhatsApp and sold it to Facebook for $ 22 billion in 2014 before leaving the company in 2017.
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Downloads of the messaging app Signal encrypted have skyrocketed as rival WhatsApp announced that it would allow users to share personal information with parent company’s Facebook, but Signal will not replace WhatsApp, their co-founder predicted.
The two apps serve different purposes, Brian Acton told TechCrunch on Wednesday.Acton is executive chairman of Signal Foundation, which he co-founded after leaving WhatsApp in 2017.Acton co-founded WhatsApp, then sold it to Facebook for 22 thousand. Million dollars in 2014
“I have no desire to do everything WhatsApp does,” Acton said, although he did not specify which features of WhatsApp he did not plan to replicate.
He expects people to rely on Signal to talk to family and close friends while still chatting with others via WhatsApp, he said.
“My wish is for people to have options,” Acton told the publication. “It’s not a strictly win-win situation.”
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Acton is an outspoken Facebook critic: in 2018, he urged Facebook users to delete their accounts.
He left WhatsApp in 2017 “due to the difference in using customer data and targeted advertising”.
He then co-founded Signal in 2018 with current CEO Moxie Marlinspike as a rival chat app for $ 50 million since the creation of Signal’s focus on privacy and promises not to sell. User information or show ads in the app.
On January 6, WhatsApp announced it was changing its terms of service to force users to share personal information, including phone numbers and location, with Facebook.Users will lose access in February if they don’t agree to change
Since then, WhatsApp has clarified that this only affects users outside the EU and UK, and said the change. “This will not affect the privacy of your messages to your friends or family”
The change is driving people to adopt Signal, Acton told TechCrunch.
“The smallest events stimulate the biggest results,” he said.
Signal had about 7.5 million installs on the App Store and Google Play between Jan. 6 and Jan. 10, app analytics firm Sensor Tower told Insider, which is up 4,200 percent from the previous week.
The encrypted messaging app for friends, Telegram, has seen a boom in download following WhatsApp’s data sharing announcement, adding more than 25 million new users between Saturday and Tuesday.
“We are also excited that we are having conversations about online privacy and digital security, and people are turning to Signal for answers to questions,” Acton told TechCrunch.
And because Signal is backed by user donations instead of advertising or selling data, a small team of under 50 employees is motivated to continue improving the app.
“The idea is that we want to receive that donation,” he told TechCrunch. “The only way to receive a donation is to create a creative and delightful product.”