Update (January 9): At 5:26am IST, Signal tweeted that the app has been listed as the top free app on Apple's App Store charts in India, Austria, France, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, and Switzerland.
The rise in new sign-ups to Signal was apparently so big that verification codes with few network providers were getting delayed. Musk tweeted on Thursday telling people to ‘Use Signal' and this little advice from the world's richest man caused Signal's servers to get overloaded with new sign-ins.
The WhatsApp rival took to Twitter to confirm that it was getting many new requests for new join-ins. This sudden spurge had caused a delay in verification codes from network providers. The glitch was soon fixed and users should now be able to register without any hiccups.
Use Signal— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
Verification codes are currently delayed across several providers because so many new people are trying to join Signal right now (we can barely register our excitement). We are working with carriers to resolve this as quickly as possible. Hang in there.— Signal (@signalapp) January 7, 2021
Apart from Musk, whistleblower Edward Snowden also recommended Signal. He replied to a user who asked why they should trust Signal by saying, “Here's a reason: I use it every day and I'm not dead yet.”
Here's a reason: I use it every day and I'm not dead yet. https://t.co/Trhgqbwdpj— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 7, 2021
Signal is an open-source messaging app that is privacy focused and is widely used by journalists, security experts, and academics across the globe. The Signal protocol also underpins WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption.
Love that everyone is shifting away from whatsapp but can you all not join Telegram on the same day? Relentless notifications from new Telegram users ????— ???????? (@malathijogi) January 8, 2021
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