Encrypted messaging app Signal has said that “millions of new people” joined the service in the wake of a massive outage that rendered Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram unusable.
The social media giant experienced a six-hour crash due to a configuration change to its router. “This disruption in network traffic had a massive impact on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt,” Facebook said.
In view of this incident, Mr. Which wiped out $7 billion from Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth, Signal tweeted that its signups were “on the way”. Seven hours later, it said millions of people had joined the platform – to the extent that its “messaging and calling are up and running, but some people are not seeing all of their contacts on Signal” due to an influx of users. because of.
According to app analyst Sensor Tower’s ranking of the top free apps, the app jumped 59 places, from 473 to 414 in the United States. In the United Kingdom, this increased from 590 to 430.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also extended his support to the messaging platform: “The signal is WhatsApp”, he tweeted.
Signal’s underlying code is open-source, which means it can be scrutinized by security and privacy engineers outside the company, and that encryption is the foundation of Facebook and Google’s apps. WhatsApp itself uses the same protocol that Signal does.
Meanwhile, Facebook has long-standing plans to centralize the infrastructure of its various social media apps to create the “best messaging experience” for its users.
However, critics have said that such a move will make it more difficult for companies to break into, and when issues like this come to the fore, it means every platform goes down as they did in June and April this year. Had “network configuration” issue.
This isn’t the only time Signal has received a massive migration following the Facebook mess. In January this year, WhatsApp sent a message to all users informing that it would start sharing some data with Facebook.
In response, Signal received approval from Elon Musk and Edward Snowden, reaching the top spot on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store.
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