The app Signal is growing in popularity after Whatsapp announced their new private policy changes, but who is the owner of the alternative platform?
There truly is no privacy on the internet and even when Whatsapp promises us end-to-end encrypted messaging, our other data will be collected.
Whatsapp was purchased by Facebook in 2014 for $19 billion and has over 2 billion users globally. Users recently received a notification explaining that their data will be shared with Facebook, since its underneath their “family of companies”.
The policy will take effect on February 8th.
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What is Signal?
Signal is a communication platform, like Whatsapp, and it has the potential of replacing the current popular service.
It is also an encrypted app that allows messaging and calls via the internet, where group chat and video calls are available too.
Signal is reportedly open source and its code is peer-reviewed, meaning that its privacy and security is regularly checked by independent experts. Since it’s not linked with any other service yet, your data will remain on Signal for now.
Don’t be surprised if your circles start switching over to Signal, even Mr Elon Musk is a fan!
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Who is the owner of Signal?
People are curious of the brains behind possibly the next most-used app.
In 2018, the Signal Foundation was founded by Brian Acton and Moxie Marlinspike. Brian is also president of the company and initially funded $50 million.
Meet Brian Acton
Brian Action is the executive chairman of Signal and previously co-founded Whatsapp, before leaving in 2017 over disagreements with Facebook regarding the monitisation of the platform.
The 48-year-old computer programmer from Michigan graduated from Stanford University, studying computer science.
Before Whatsapp, he worked at big name companies, such as, being a product tester for Apple and Adobe. After, he worked as a systems administrator for Rockwell International, a conglomerate in the aircraft and automotive industry.
In 1996, he was hired as the 44th Yahoo employee.
Ironically, Brian and fellow Whatsapp co-founder Jam Koum applied to work at Facebook but both failed. It definitely did them more good than harm.
Whilst working at Yahoo, he met his wife Tegan in the mid ’90s. The pair were not familiar with each other as colleagues and after they both left the company, they met each other again at the Sundance Film Festival and the rest is history.
What is Brian Acton’s net worth?
According to Forbes’ real time billionaire list, the internet entrepreneur has an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion, making him rank #1207 on the list.