Panic downloading. That’s the personal term for what was happening to WhatsApp’s competitor, Signal.
Recently, WhatsApp has released their privacy terms which sounds fishy and very not privacy-based. The announcement has made the Internet go berserk about it and even causing numbers of backlash towards WhatsApp.
The announcement also has made users change their mind to switch to other messaging apps such as Telegram. For comparisons, feel free to check on our previous articles discussing WhatsApp and Telegram.
Signal is another messaging app centralised encrypted messaging service developed by the Signal Foundation and Signal Messenger. It functions to send one-to-one and group messages, which can include files, voice notes, images and videos. Most importantly, it focuses on the privacy of its user.
The advantage mentioned made it has received a tremendous amount of downloads in a short period of time. This unexpected reaction has caused the app to suffer from a moment of outage for quite a time.
The outage is basically users reporting that the messages they were sending failed. However, after two-day of that unwanted event, the app is back in service and working well just like before.
The company claimed that users might find some errors but the team is currently in work to fix the problems. They also added that the outage will not affect the chat’s security but expect some text to be missing.
The best thing is they also stand responsible for it and came up with a solution. Here is the solution in their own words.
Privacy is vital for someone’s life. We don’t like anybody else to read our chats no matter what the reason is nor who they are. Hence, Signal understands this and provides just what we need as a messaging app. The outage proves that users have trust in them and the way they find the solutions proves their credibility.
So, can Signal be the new WhatsApp? Time will tell…