Signal, which is run by a nonprofit and relies solely on donations to keep its business afloat, says it has “expanded capacity” to deal with the sudden surge in new users.
Unfortunately, the secure platform hasn’t revealed exactly how many new users have joined the service in recent days, however, the messaging service has rocketed up the most-downloaded charts on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Speaking to the New York Times, monitoring firm AppTopia claimed that Signal added 1.3 million new users on January 11 alone. Signal only needs a few more days like that and it could quickly double the 20 million active users it counted as of December 2020.
And the outage over the weekend seems to prove that Signal’s popularity hasn’t faded quite yet. In recent days, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has implored his millions of followers to download Signal – a message that was also echoed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
For example, when registering for a WhatsApp account, your mobile phone number is sent to the parent company. Facebook is also able to see your mobile device information, including the brand and model of device that you’re using to access WhatsApp.
If you’re interested in some of the alternative chat apps out there, Express.co.uk has a comprehensive guide to the best chat apps to use instead of WhatsApp.