The end-to-end encrypted messaging app, backed by the likes of Edward Snowden, received a major signal boost on Thursday when Elon Musk tweeted his support, and soon after, Signal announced that the tidal wave of new downloads had unintended effects had

“Verification codes are currently lagging across multiple vendors because so many new people are trying to join Signal (we can barely register our excitement),” wrote the nonprofit. “We’re working with carriers to resolve this issue asap possible to solve stop by “

Users are required to provide phone numbers when registering new signaling accounts, and verification codes are then sent to those phone numbers, confirming that the numbers are actually controlled by the people who claim to control them, it is this process that appears to be due to a surge the registration attempts are backed up

Of course, Musk’s Thursday confirmation is no coincidence. It follows in the news that WhatsApp â ???? a Facebook messaging app? updates its privacy policy on 8 February This new policy forces new users to share their data with Facebook

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As PC Mag reports, Facebook will continue to comply with this deactivation if an existing WhatsApp user has previously disabled the sharing of this data (an option buried deep in the settings) At least for now

While Musk didn’t specifically quote this change in his tweet, the timing suggests it isn’t a coincidence. The Tesla CEO’s opinions on the social media giant are well known

It’s not a political statement and I didn’t do this because someone dared me to do it Facebook just doesn’t like Giving me the willies We’re sorry

Signal also saw a surge in downloads earlier this year amid national protests against Black Lives Matter and fears of police surveillance

At the time of this writing, Signal ranks 20th in the App Store’s Social Networking category Place WhatsApp takes third place

UPDATE: Jan 7, 2021, 12:49 pm PST: According to Signal, these confirmation codes should flow freely again

“Everyone should be able to register again immediately,” he announced, “Thanks to all the carriers who flipped the right switches so people can keep switching”

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