Trump's victory pushes people to download encrypted chat app

Trump's victory pushes people to download encrypted chat app
In his campaign, Donald Trump stated that he'd like to increase government surveillance, in order to improve national security and protect the US from terrorism. This, however, didn't seem like a good idea for a lot of people. In recent years, there have been plenty of scandals around government surveillance of civilians and the population is generally on edge when it comes to someone tapping in their phone.

This is why a lot of users have taken preemptive measures. The LA Times reports that encrypted chat and calls app, Signal, has seen a massive spike in downloads after the election results became official. The app offers end-to-end encryption and doesn't store its users' conversations anywhere on the Internet.

“Many users have reported that their entire social circle switched to Signal in the past week,” said Moxie Marlinspike, founder of the company behind Signal. He didn't want to give exact numbers, but said that downloads have increased by 400% after the election.

Despite the fact that Trump's intentions are good, it appears that the general public questions his means. We still don't know if the Signal trend will catch on, but according to Marlinspike, a lot of the new downloads actually resulted in new everyday users.

via LA Times



1. Gadgetex

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Signal requires access to your contacts list to work and you trust them?

2. zeropants

Posts: 42; Member since: May 31, 2012

It does need to know who you're sending to...

3. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

We're f***ed here in America.

7. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

i dont care

8. TerryTerius unregistered

Whether not you live in America doesn't really have anything to do with whether not you'll be affected by American policies. The economies of the world are intertwined, our military presence is global, and our spy agencies can pretty much reach any person in the world. All of those things should concern you regardless as to whether or not you're an American citizen. Not to mention all of our treaties and relationships with allies, the way in which we participate with NATO and the UN, nuclear proliferation, climate change, and a whole host of other issues.

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Really depends where in the world you're living, for some reason you have an obvious bias for the US - maybe you're one of those ethnocentrics. Most people don't and don't need to give a flying monkeys about what goes on in the US . Please get used to it, I know you love your country but it really isn't the world. And it's not like the US is completely or near independent of other countries

12. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You Anti-American dickweeds are why Americans treat the rest of the world like a little brother. Always trying so hard to outdo top dog, only to completely humiliate yourselves in the process. d_d I'm not even a "born and raised" 'Murican (born in Brazil....lived their most of my life) but this tribalistic bulls**t is exactly why the EU and Asian Peninsula are laughing stocks. #maketheworldgreatagain!

14. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Apparently, whoever disagrees with an ethnocentric is anti-American. America can't even treat their own country right, let alone treat the rest of the world in any way. that being said I don't have anything against Americans or the country, just the ethnocentrics including the Chinese ethnocentric hugobarracyan

15. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"America can't even treat their own country right, let alone treat the rest of the world in any way." Um, have you SEEN the rest of the world lately? Britain's been bats**t for months now. The EU is having trouble cornering a terrorist sect. South America is overrun with f**ked up government ambitions, rampant drug trafficking, rampant human trafficking, among other things. The Middle East is a warzone full of countries itching for the chance to annihilate one another. Asia.....oh God, just Asia. And Africa is, well, Africa. The rest of the world is so much of a dumpster fire, America looks like a haven in comparison! Don't be daft. If America weren't playing step dad with the rest of the world, we'd be starting WWIV by now! I'm honestly shocked they (Americans) haven't said "f**k it" yet with the International agenda. Then again, if they left these nations to there own devices, God knows how messed up this world would be.

16. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

"Britain's been bats**t for months now" no worse than the US is. You're talking about the rest of the world as if the US is in a much better position, which is not the case , and haven't been the case for a while. No one said other parts of the world are doing just fine. . You kinda changed the argument here

17. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

well i dont care they chosed the president now live with it dont be crybaby

18. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I really...really don't agree we would be in a world war without america. Most because america also started a lot of wars, Afghanistan just to name a recent which is basically the same one we are still fighting only it turning to Syria now, yet america is taking a shocking low amount of refugees, so yeah...Not saying the US hasn't played an important role, but they certainly have also helped mess things up, and that has given rise to the issues we have now, Europe being closer to the problem zone, causing Europe to get problems with terrorists and such, and no I'm not saying US is sole responsible, but they did a big part in creating the problems. Add what Snowden revealed, that apparently most american's have completely forgotten now, which revealed how US treats its own citizens, and I'm frankly shocked how with that second amendment you hear so much about in america, how it hasn't actually been used against its government when Snowden revealed what he did. I'm glad I do not live there because it has me thoroughly confused. And all this mentioned has been in media quite a bit yet..

19. TheOracle1

Posts: 2329; Member since: May 04, 2015

And you know all this because you've lived in all those places? Let me guess. You saw it on tv so it must be true? What an ignorant sweeping statement.

20. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Reading is a thing too you know.....try doing it sometimes ;).

22. TheOracle1

Posts: 2329; Member since: May 04, 2015

Travel broadens the mind. Read to your hearts content but refrain from passing judgment until you've actually visited the places you disparage out of hand.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"government surveillance" Been going on way before Trump. No I am not defending him because I don't even like him.

5. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

And people were already iffy on it before.

6. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

...and before Obama as well. Edward Snowden is a hero in my eyes.

21. CRodCLib

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Yeah...we should all know about good intentions

23. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Funny...I don't remember Trump ever saying that he wanted to spy on the people more than the current government already does. In fact I got quite the opposite vibe from his campaign. You guys are actually lucky for getting Trump...try living here in Canada under Trudeau lol.

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