Encrypted messaging software Signal reports it sees a lot of new users signing up for their app to the point that the company right now is experiencing delays in checking the users’ phone numbers through several cell providers.
There are two possible culprits when it comes to answering the question about who or what is responsible for the surge of so many new users interested in trying out the app Signal: Elon Musk, the well-known CEO of the company Tesla, and Signal’s rival WhatsApp.
The influx of new users came as a result of Elon Musk’s suggestion posted on Twitter that people should try out Signal. This was possibly posted as a form of reaction to the revised terms of service of WhatsApp.
The WhatsApp’s new terms of service, believe it or not, state that the app will be allowed to exchange the details of its users with the parent company of Facebook, as well as some other third parties.
Needless to say, after that, a lot of people turned to Signal. When new Signal accounts are registered on their platform, it is a requiry for users to provide their phone numbers.
Then they need to wait until they receive a verification code to their number, so that the platform can be sure that the numbers are actually controlled by the persons who claim to manage them. It is this approach that evidently got some issues after the increase in attempts at registration.
It’s no secret that Elon Musk doesn’t like Facebook, as he has posted several times before. This time, Whatsapp made him promote Signal without any intentions – and boy did he do them a favor.