Signal won’t replace WhatsApp, said the co-founder of the two encrypted messaging apps. Instead, the two services are used for different calls.

Acton was an open critic of Facebook; In 2018, he asked Facebook users to delete their accounts. He said he left WhatsApp in 2017 “due to differences in the use of customer data and targeted advertising”. In 2018 he co-founded Signal with CEO Moxie Marlinspike and used $ 50 million of his own money. Since its inception, Signal has been focused on privacy, promising never to sell user data or run ads on the app. On January 6, WhatsApp announced that it would change the terms of use to require users to provide certain personal information, including phone numbers and locations, to Facebook. Users can lose access in February if they don’t accept the changes. WhatsApp made it clear that this would only affect users outside of the European Union and the UK, saying the change “in no way compromises the privacy of your messages with your friends or family.” . The changes have resulted in users using Signal, Acton told TechCrunch. “The smaller event helped trigger the bigger result,” he said. The signal was installed approximately 7.5 million times on Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store between January 6 and 10, Sensor Tower, an app analysis company, told Insider. This corresponds to an increase of 4,200% compared to the previous week. Telegram, another encrypted messaging app, has been downloaded over 25 million times from Saturday to Tuesday after WhatsApp’s data exchange announcement. “We’re also excited to discuss online privacy and digital security, and Signal is where people are looking for answers to those questions,” Acton told TechCrunch.

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