About 810 000 users globally installed Signal on Sunday, nearly 18-fold higher than the download numbers on 6 January, the day WhatsApp updated its privacy terms, according to data from research firm Apptopia.
WhatsApp’s new privacy terms reserve the right to share user data, including location and phone number, with its parent Facebook Inc and units such as Instagram and Messenger.
Privacy advocates have questioned the move, citing Facebook’s track record in handling user data, with many suggesting users to migrate to platforms such as Telegram and Signal.
To cope with the number of new users, Signal said on Sunday it had added more servers to handle the traffic. Until recently, the non-profit app was largely used by journalists and human rights activists looking for a more secure and encrypted mode of communication.
WhatsApp, which saw a 7% decline in daily installs on Sunday compared to Wednesday, was downloaded by nearly 1.2 million users on 10 January, according to Apptopia. — Reported by Eva Mathews and Munsif Vengattil, (c) 2020 Reuters