Signal App – level 3

25-01-2021 07:00

Signal is one of the most popular apps in the app stores around the world, as users look for alternatives to WhatsApp, following a change of its privacy policy.

Signal looks a bit like WhatsApp and it functions similarly. You can text your friends, make video calls, or have group chats like with a lot of other apps; however, WhatsApp and Signal have some things in common.

WhatsApp was created in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, and it was sold to Facebook in 2014 in a 22-billion-dollar deal. Facebook’s leadership team had plans to monetize WhatsApp with tools for businesses and advertisers, and Acton got very unhappy with the security implications for users. In 2017, Acton resigned, and a year later, he founded a new company called Signal Messenger.

Some people think of Signal as a spiritual successor to WhatsApp. Besides this, messages that people send are encrypted which means that no one except the recipient can read them.

Difficult words: privacy policy (a legal document that says how a company gets and uses information about its clients), monetize (to find a way to make money from something), spiritual successor (a person or thing that follows because it is about a similar idea).

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