That’s nearly an 18-fold increase compared with Wednesday, January 6, the day WhatsApp announced its new controversial privacy terms, according to data from research firm Apptopia. The number of installs every day is on track to cross one million.
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After the announcement, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk – the world's richest man – urged his Twitter followers to migrate to another platform: Signal.
In a tweet on Thursday, he simply wrote: “Use Signal."
Other instant messaging app alternatives suggested by privacy advocates include Telegram, Threema, Element and Wickr Me.
To cope with the rise in interest, Signal has added more servers to handle the traffic. Up until recently, the non-profit app was largely used by journalists and human rights activists looking for a more secure and encrypted mode of communication.
At the same time, WhatsApp saw a 7 per cent decline in daily installs on Sunday compared with Wednesday, stated Apptopia.
Additional reporting by Reuters