Bought by Facebook in 2014, WhatsApp is currently the most popular messaging app with over two billion active monthly users globally. WhatsApp popularised the use of end-to-end encryption in day-to-day communications, introducing it as its default for messaging in 2016.
The Signal app on Saturday tweeted and clarified that Signal Advance and Signal app are two different companies.
Musk, who is now the world’s richest person after surpassing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in net worth, tweeted a meme last night criticising Facebook for its role in helping members of the mob that stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday organise online. The tweet, an image of a series of ever-larger dominos, juxtaposed the start of Facebook as a hot-or-not women-rating website on the campus of Harvard University all the way into a platform that in one way or another helped facilitate the attack on Congress on Wednesday. At the same time, it attempted to certify Joe Biden as the president-elect.
This is called the domino effect pic.twitter.com/qpbEW54RvM
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
Here is all you need to know about Signal:
- Signal has been there since 2014. Its tagline is ‘say hello to privacy’.
- Its service is end-to-end encrypted like WhatsApp.
- It is available for iPhone, iPad, Windows, Mac, and Linux.
- The app was created by Signal Foundation which was set up by former WhatsApp cp-founder Brien Acton who left WhatsApp in 2017.
- Signal is free to use and has similar features to WhatsApp.
- However, it does not allow to back up chats to Google Drive or iCloud.
- It does not allow groups to add people automatically unless the individuals give their assent.
The app is available on Android and iOS. Unlike WhatsApp, the Signal Private Messenger app is also available on the iPad, and users can also download and install the Signal app on Windows, Linux, and Mac, like WhatsApp.