An excessive number of new users has caused Signal services to fail

Signal, an encrypted messaging service, has seen a sharp increase in downloads worldwide in recent days following an update to the privacy policy of rival WhatsApp. The huge influx of new users was so intense that yesterday the Signal application completely stopped working for many people.

In a statement posted on the web and at the same time on Twitter, the Signal Foundation said: “Signal has technical problems. We are working hard to restore the service as soon as possible.”

The global outage has been caused by millions of people starting to use Signal. In one day (January 12, 2021), even Signal downloads on the Google Play Store increased by more than 40 million. “This week, we are constantly adding new servers and other capacities every day at a record pace, but today we have exceeded our most optimistic ideas. Millions of millions of new users are sending the message that privacy matters. Thank you for your patience.”

Signal added that they are working to increase capacity while maintaining privacy, a promise that catapulted the application to its staggering number of downloads. “We are making progress to bring the service back online. The protection of personal data is our top priority, but capacity building is now in a very close second. “

Because Signal users around the world were confused as to why delivering messages took forever, Elon Musk, who probably caused all this increase in Signal users with a simple tweet with the text “Use Signal,” came up with clever advice or a suggestion as to why Signal was facing an outage. According to him, the code on the server side does too much.

Signal is an instant messaging application developed by the non-profit Signal Foundation. The application was launched in 2014 with the main focus on privacy. Finally, the Signal slogan is made up of the words “greet privacy.” Signal, like WhatsApp, also comes with end-to-end encryption and is available for devices of all platforms including Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows, MacOS and Linux.

The Signal Foundation, the non-profit organization that produces Signal Private Messenger, was founded by former WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who left Facebook in 2017 (Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014) and created the Signal platform. Although Signal provides all the features of WhatsApp, it doesn’t back up conversations to Google Drive or iCloud. It also doesn’t allow groups to add people automatically, but individuals must give their consent first.

Resources: Signal, Twitter, Twitter

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