WhatsApp new policy: Signal restored after surge prompts outage

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

18th Jan, 2021. 03:53 pm
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Signal messaging platform received millions of new users after the recommendation from top businessman Elon Musk. Consequently, the app faced an outage due to a rush of new users.

Signal also gained attention from a lot of users after WhatsApp unveiled its new privacy policy. Some users reported messages failing to send on both mobile and desktop for hours on Friday.

However, the platform says it has resolved the technical issues. Signal said in a series of tweets that users might see errors in some of their chats, including missed messages, but this would not affect their security.

“Signal is back!” it said.

“Like an underdog going through a training montage, we’ve learned a lot since Yesterday-and we did it together.”

“Thanks to the millions of new Signal users around the world for your patience.”

WhatsApp’s new privacy policy flamed controversies and several users switched to alternatives Signal and Telegram. The new policy update led several users to believe that they must allow it to share data with Facebook.

However, WhatsApp says the practice is not new and there are no changes to it.

WhatsApp said there had been “confusion” about its message, which initially gave people until 8 February to accept its updated terms or stop using the service.

WhatsApp has now changed the date to 15th May as it said it would use the time to clear up misinformation.

“We can’t see your private messages or hear your calls, and neither can Facebook,” WhatsApp said in an earlier FAQ blog post.

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