Companies resort to Signal after WhatsApp’s privacy crisis


The new WhatsApp update led to a state of anxiety among the people who depend on it for instant messaging. Al-Watan learned that private and public sector companies have turned to using Signal, as its popularity increased further after it was mentioned by the American businessman and CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk.

Verification system

Programmer and technical advisor Ahmed Al-Mutaib pointed out that the reason for Facebook, the owner of the WhatsApp application, is due to the fact that Apple has implemented a verification system for privacy and has placed conditions on application owners to disclose their work, meaning does the application take your personal data, and does it trade it , Which led to outrage from Google and Facebook against Apple.

Therefore, Facebook was forced to declare two things, the first, that it will offer all its programs for sale, and the other, to disclose the privacy violation related to applications, and the user must accept or reject this violation and in the event of rejection, he will be denied access to applications.

Violation of privacy

“Violating privacy means that the program has the right to see user data, share it on Facebook, track users’ geographic location, audio and video files, and thus display them on artificial intelligence to send advertising, advertising and promotion, ”al-Mutab said.

Software features

“In most programs there are two features, encryption, which is the feature of messages remaining between the sender and the recipient only, as the service provider cannot see this data and cannot decrypt it,” he said.

The second feature is user monitoring, which is useful for companies to analyze data and use it for advertisements and opinion polls.

Most popular

The report, published on the “Times Now” website, indicated that the “Signal” application replaced “whatsapp” as the most free application in the “App Store”, followed by “Telegram”.

The report pointed out that this statistic was monitored in a large number of countries, including India, which has one of the largest number of Internet users in the world.

The “whatsapp” application has announced a number of new conditions, which included a summary of how information is shared with “Facebook”, and how any shared information can be used.

The new privacy policy states that “as part of the Facebook family of companies, whatsapp receives information from this group, and shares the information with it.”

At the same time, allowing all its clients to accept the new terms by February 8th, to avoid disrupting their accounts.

How to transfer whatsapp chats to Signal:

Install the (Signal) application on your phone

After installing, open it, then tap the three dots in the top right corner of the app screen.

From the menu that appears, click on the option (Create a Group).

Give a name to the created group and add required contacts.

Now open the group you created, then tap the three dots on the top right of the app screen.

From the menu that appears, press the Settings option.

In the window that appears, click on the Group Link option.

Switch the button next to the Group Link option to ON.

In the same window, after switching the button, click on the Share option below.

In (whatsapp), open the group you want and then paste the link that you copied into the writing box.

Now anyone who has access to this link can directly join the group that you created at (Signal).

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