THE sign, messaging app whose purpose is to guarantee the security and privacy of its users, has a new CEO. Leaves Moxie Marlinspike, codename of Matthew Rosenfeld, and enters Brian Acton, founder of Whatsapp. marlinspike he had been at the head of the company for 10 years, when he founded the service as a message encryption project.
New CEO founded WhatsApp and Signal Foundation
The saying goes that the world turns and hesitation turns. Brian Acton made the world go round and round. Acton created the Whatsapp in 2009, which in 2013 was sold to the Facebook/Goal for nearly 19 billion dollars. He remained with the company until 2017, when he left due to differences in the direction of the messaging app. Shortly after, he founded the Signal Foundation with Moxie Marlinspike. The foundation is responsible for app of the same name and work to promote safe methods of communication and ensure the right to freedom of expression. Acton it will be interim CEO until the Signal Foundation find a replacement. marlinspike will remain on the foundation’s board.
THE sign, which has already been mentioned in the series euphoria, won many fans around the world as an escape from the imaginary “duopoly” between Whatsapp, the subject of several controversies due to the privacy problems of its owner (Goal), and telegram, message app who experienced security problems in Brazil in the case of the leak of messages from former minister Sérgio Moro. THE sign it is successful with journalists from countries with questionable press freedom and human rights activists from dictatorships, as it does not save messages and data. But despite good intentions, the sign it can also be used by people with bad intentions not wanting to be found.
Signal: Fights with the FBI and success with Elon Musk
THE Department of Justice American sent a subpoena for the app to disclose information about a target of a criminal investigation carried out by the FBI, the US Federal Police. However, as the company itself declares, they simply don’t have anything to deliver. Not out of ill will or support of illegal activities, but Signal just doesn’t have that data. It doesn’t store any data.
In January 2021 the sign had problems. The reason? a tweet from Elon Musk. The billionaire wrote “use sign“, causing the service to experience delays with verification code deliveries.
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