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News Ticker January 16, 2021

January 16, 2021

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 Here is the main headline from CTV News in Canada on 16 January 2021:


TORONTO -- Encrypted chat app Signal remained offline Saturday as the company dealt with technical difficulties amid a surge of new downloads as users flee WhatsApp’s new privacy  terms. A rival to Telegram and WhatsApp, Signal also employs end-to-end encryption for secure messaging. The company tweeted Friday that they were experiencing “technical difficulties” as “millions upon millions of new users” downloaded their app.  


And why is this happening?


CTV wrote, 


"Many of those new users are fleeing from WhatsApp and their new privacy terms they announced last week. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, told its two billion users that if they wish to continue using their service, they must allow it to share their data with its parent company – except for users from the U.K. and the Europe. WhatsApp said in a blog post that their terms were not new, just simply expanded – and that they cannot see private messages or hear personal calls – and neither could Facebook. The swift exodus of users after their announcement prompted WhatsApp to delay the implementation of their expanded privacy terms from the original date of February 8, 2021 to May 15, 2021. "


BORDERPOL warned members in June 2020 about the security flaws inherent in WhatsApp along with concerns regarding the capricious nature of the use of user data by the the parent organization. Following our own advice we switched to Signal and have been satisfied with both the service provided as well knowing that Signal is meeting our own code of service standards.


The techno oligarchs might take heed of this seismic shift among millions of free and critical thinkers the world over who are now voting with their keyboards and leaving the corrupt confines of the info corral. 


Source: https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/signal-app-goes-down-as-users-flee-new-whatsapp-privacy-terms-1.5269683