WhatsApp rival Signal reports growing pains after Elon Musk's tweet

WhatsApp rival Signal witnessed a significant surge in new users after Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk, the newly minted world’s richest person, endorsed the messaging service amid reported changes to WhatsApp’s terms of service.

Signal then saw a flood of new users attempting to sign in, leading to verification issues.

“Verification codes are currently delayed across several providers because so many new people are trying to join Signal right now (we can barely register our excitement). We are working with carriers to resolve this as quickly as possible. Hang in there,” Signal tweeted.

“Everyone should be able to register without delay again. Thanks to all of the carriers who flipped the right switches so that people can keep switching,” it further said.

WhatsApp recently tweaked its privacy policy and terms of service to share more user data with parent Facebook Inc. While personal chats between users will not be shared with Facebook, the revised privacy norms allows the sharing of data on business interactions across the group, reflecting Mark Zuckerberg‘s aggressive move to build a messaging commerce powerhouse.

Those who do not accept the updated privacy policy, which comes into effect in February, will no longer be able to access the chats on the messaging platform, according to alerts being sent to users in India since early this week.


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