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Signal back up after outage

Signal was dealing with a flood of new users after rival messaging app WhatsApp announced a controversial change in privacy terms

The Signal messaging app logo is seen on a smartphone
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  • Signal was dealing with a flood of new users after rival messaging app WhatsApp announced a controversial change in privacy terms;
  • Signal users might see errors in some chats as a side effect to the outage, but will be resolved in the next update of the app, the company said in a tweet.

Signal said on Saturday it had restored its services a day after the application faced technical difficulties as it dealt with a flood of new users after rival messaging app WhatsApp announced a controversial change in privacy terms.

Signal has seen a rise in downloads following a change in WhatsApp’s privacy terms, which required WhatsApp users to share their data with both Facebook and Instagram.

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Signal users might see errors in some chats as a side effect to the outage, but will be resolved in the next update of the app, the company said in a tweet.

The error does not affect the security of the chat, the company added.

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The non-profit Signal Foundation based in Silicon Valley, which currently oversees the app, was launched in February 2018 with Brian Acton, who co-founded WhatsApp before selling it to Facebook, providing initial funding of $50 million.

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