Instant messaging app Signal and Telegram are facing a sudden surge due to new users as WhatsApp users have been migrating bases. Signal and Telegram are instant messaging apps developed to offer an alternative to apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
WhatsApp continues to state that either the users give their consent to share data with Facebook or lose their WhatsApp accounts after February 8. Telegram’s CEO and founder Pavel Durov slammed the social media giant, stating that it is no surprise that hoards of users are switching from WhatsApp to Telegram, which had already been going for a few years but has accelerated due to WhatsApp’s latest move.
Elon Musk encourages users to use Signal or Telegram
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
Moreover, the rise in sign-ups to Signal was so massive that verification codes were getting delayed. Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday advising people to use signal and this advice from the new world’s richest man caused the Signal servers to get overloaded.
Signal took to Twitter as it had to confirm that the company was getting way too many requests for new join-ins. This sudden surge led to a delay in verification codes getting sent to users but the issue was soon resolved and the users were able to register without hiccups.
Verification codes are currently delayed across several providers because so many new people are trying to join Signal right now (we can barely register our excitement). We are working with carriers to resolve this as quickly as possible. Hang in there.
— Signal (@signalapp) January 7, 2021
Alternative messaging apps reaping the fruits of WhatsApp’s privacy row
Signal is a popular open-source instant messaging app that focuses heavily on privacy and is used by security experts, journalists, and academics across the globe. The protocol in this app also underpins WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption.