Acton told TechCrunch in an interview that the user base of Signal has “exploded” in recent weeks and that people are having conversations centered around online privacy and digital safety.
“It was a slow burn for three years and then a huge explosion. Now the rocket is going,” said Action on the surge in Signal usage.
Why It Matters:
Signal is run by a non-profit and is heavily privacy-centric, the app depends on grants and private investors for operations.
Acton was one of the co-founders of WhatsApp and left the company after it was taken over by Facebook in 2014.
Facebook shares closed nearly 2.2% lower at $251.09 on Tuesday.
Originally Posted on January 13, 2021 – Signal CEO Says ‘Time To Shine’ As Elon Musk, WhatsApp Policy Change Drive Download Surge
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