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WhatsApp alternative: Elon Musk and Edward Snowden recommend Signal following policy changes on Facebook-owned messaging app
Musk, Snowden recommends using Signal messaging app
Use Signal— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
Since Signal's popularity is not on the same level as WhatsApp, Musk's tweet may not have been very clear to many of his followers. Snowden then suggested that Musk was referring to the Signal messaging app while also mentioning its official Twitter handle in his online post.
When one of his followers asked if they can trust Signal, Snowden offered quite a convincing argument. "Here's a reason: I use it every day and I'm not dead yet," the whistleblower wrote. It appears that Musk and Snowden's recommendation was effective. Shortly after their tweets, Signal encountered some issues as new users trying to open an account did not receive verification codes promptly. Signal is available on Android and iOS.
WhatsApp to share users' data with Facebook in the coming weeks
WhatsApp is known for its end-to-end encryption security feature. However, Facebook's track record in terms of protecting users' privacy has not been the best in the industry. It is then understandable for many people to start looking for an alternative before Feb. 8.