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Chat service: WhatsApp co-founder takes over as Head of Signals

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WhatsApp co-founder takes over as Head of Signals

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WhatsApp also uses an encryption algorithm developed by Signal. Photo: Zachary Schurer/D

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Moxie Marlinspike, founder of the messaging service Signal, plans to leave his position soon. Until a new boss is found, Brian Acton steps in for him – from a WhatsApp competitor.

The WhatsAppCo-founder Brian Acton takes the lead on rival chat service Signal — at least until a new permanent boss is found.

Signal Moxie founder Marlinspike has announced that he will be leaving the top position within a month. He wants to “bring someone with new energy” and will focus on the search for a successor.

Signal has around 40 million monthly active users. The app uses what is called end-to-end encryption, where the chat content is only available in clear text to the respective users.

In the past year, Signal has benefited from the controversy over WhatsApp’s new terms of use with an influx of new users. At the time, there were concerns that WhatsApp might have more data with the parent company Facebook social networking site Share – what the service always refuses.

WhatsApp also uses an encryption algorithm developed by Signal. Work on He has been involved in Signal since he left the Facebook group a few years after the WhatsApp acquisition and distanced himself from the internet.

Signal recently turned into a controversial project with a plan to make untraceable digital payments available to users. According to US media reports, some Signal employees fear this may be the case Chatdenst It causes major problems with regulators in the United States, among other things.

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