The commotion over the Whatsapp Boss Signal Case Gives a Response
The commotion over the Whatsapp Boss Signal Case Gives a Response – Signal founder Brian Acton spoke out regarding the data policies of WhatsApp and Facebook which ended in polemics. He stated that currently there is ongoing user anger due to the arbitrariness of WhatsApp. Now many users are switching to other messaging applications such as Telegram or Signal.
Quoted from TechCrunch, Acton, who now sits as the executive chairman of the company, said that Signal users had "exploded" in recent weeks.
“Smallest events help trigger big results. We also love having conversations about online privacy and digital security. People turn to Signal as an answer to these questions, ”said Acton, who is the founder of WhatsApp.
He further explained that this was a big momentum for Signal which he founded in 2018 to shine and give people alternative choices in using social media.
“It was a slow burn of three years, then there was a big explosion. Now the rocket is off," he said.
The event that Acton alluded to was the latest change in data sharing policy disclosed by WhatsApp, a application serving more than 2 billion users worldwide.
Acton said WhatsApp was grappling with bundling monetization features while still protecting user privacy instead. But the new policy instead forced WhatsApp to provide a real explanation.
He did not reveal how many Signal users had in recent weeks. However, he said, the application is currently in the top ranks of the App Store rankings in 40 countries, and ranks in the top 18 countries for Google PlayStore.
Based on data, Signal had around 20 million monthly active users globally at the end of December 2020 and it was reported that the app was downloaded more than 7.5 million times between January 6 and January 10.
Since its launch in 2018, Signal has promised not to sell user data and will not display advertisements to its users.
He also said, this business model only has a staff of under 50 people. This can save operational expenses from funds provided by foundation donations.
Acton said in the coming years, he would ask the team if they wanted to work on an email and storage product or not. But he said his focus currently remains on messaging apps.
Source : cnnindonesia.com