Signal launches several WhatsApp features to attract more users

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Signal and Telegram continue to benefit immensely from the recent announcement made by WhatsApp when it updated its privacy policy. Telegram for one benefited from the switch made by some WhatsApp users as millions joined its platform. Signal too gained in terms of welcoming new members. Now, Signal is taking it a step further by copying some WhatsApp features to attract more users.

While the new WhatsApp privacy policy has been suspended, people continue to switch to Signal. Buoyed by the switch and with strong desire to retain its users, Signal has now started rolling out some new features.

Reliable tech blogger WABetaInfo reports that the following new features have either been added or upgraded:

Download Preferences: Like what is obtainable when using WhatsApp, Signal users can now choose when their media files should be automatically downloaded. This feature was launched this week, and is also now available on the chat app.

Updated Group Calls: Group Calls participants have now been increased to eight. It used to be five before now—bringing it up to per with WhatsApp.

Animated Stickers: This option has now been enabled on Signal one year since WhatsApp added the feature to its app.

Low Data Mode: You now have the option to use the low data mode feature when making a call on Signal.

All aforementioned features were probably added to make new users comfortable while using Signal. It is so important to add them so users who made the switch will not start having a rethink.

WhatsApp has a lot of work to do, especially with so much misinformation out there surrounding its intentions as regards the now suspended new privacy policy. For the records, the company has not suspended its end-to-end encryption feature, and has no plans to do that. That said, its relationship with a parent company that has previous privacy issues is the genesis of its problem.

That said, WhatsApp has started updating Status with messages assuring users of its commitment to privacy. This is coming on the heels of what the company terms misinformation especially as it concerns its new privacy policy. The company experienced backlash after it gave a deadline of February 8 for every user to accept its new privacy policy or lose their account.

Users in India and some other countries have started seeing Status messages assuring them of their commitment to privacy. The Facebook-owned app feels that its intentions have been misunderstood and there is a need to clear the air.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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