Signal Stops Working in China Without VPN, Users Report

Signal’s website was also inaccessible in the country. Encrypted messaging app Signal appeared to no longer be working in China without the use of a virtual private network (VPN) on Tuesday morning, users in the country said. China’s cyber authorities have become increasingly strict in recent years, widening the scope of apps, media outlets and social media sites banned in the country. The app was still available on Apple’s China app store as of Tuesday morning, and the app and website appeared to be working normally in Hong Kong. Signal’s press team…

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Signal Beta v5.5.0 Migrate Chats to New Phone

Signal’s chat migration feature is currently only available through the beta v5.5.0. Signal, the messaging app whose USP is secure messaging, now reportedly has an easier way to migrate chats over from old Android devices to new ones. The feature, however, is for now only available in the beta v5.5.0 version of the Signal. Signal gained popularity after a change in WhatsApp’s privacy policy was announced earlier this year. Ever since, Signal has seen approximately more than 50 million downloads on Google Play Store. The new feature should make the…

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Signal Is Down Globally, COO Confirms This Is Due Huge Influx of Users

Signal has seen millions of new users joining up in the last week. Signal is facing an outage globally — thousands of users are reporting errors to site status tracker DownDetector confirmed this for ourselves as well. Although you can open the app and send messages, nothing is actually being delivered right now. The issues seem to have started about one hour ago at 8.30pm IST on Friday, and appears to be a global outage.  [Update 11.50pm, January 15 – Signal has sent TechJadu a message with the following statement from…

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Facebook’s Move to Collect WhatsApp User Data Under Investigation in Turkey

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The Turkish Competition Board said on Monday it launched an investigation into WhatsApp and its owner Facebook after the messaging app asked users to agree to let Facebook collect user data including phone numbers and locations. In a written statement, the Competition Board said it ruled the data-collection requirement should be suspended until the probe is complete. “The Competition Board has opened an investigation into Facebook and WhatsApp and suspended the requirement to share Whatsapp data,” it said. WhatsApp updated its terms of service last Wednesday, allowing Facebook and its…

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