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Signal CEO replaced by former WhatsApp

Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, will take over from Moxie Marlinspike at the helm of Signal until the latter finds a successor. Concerns are mounting about the protection of user data of this encrypted messaging system.

Signal, the encrypted instant messaging app, was seen as anti-WhatsApp. It is however the co-founder of this American company, Brian Acton, who will replace in interim the CEO of Signal, Moxie Marlinspike, while waiting to find his successor.

The fate of the two couriers is closely linked. Signal now has 40 million users per month, “Of which a good part registered after January 2021, when the announcement of a change in the terms of use on WhatsApp sparked a controversy over the nature of the data that messaging transfers to its parent company ”, recount The Hacker News.

Real name Matthew Rosenfeld, the cryptographer behind Signal announced he was stepping down on January 10 in a statement titled “New year, new CEO”, “Coming to conclude an operation launched several months ago”, precise The Hacker News. It would be a “Milestone linked to Signal’s success”.

The outgoing CEO is expected to remain a member of the company’s board of directors.

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Jeanne Fourneau

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