Between 6 and 10 January, Signal accumulated 7.5 million ‘downloads’ for the Android and iOS mobile operating systems, surpassing 43 times the number recorded in the previous week, said the Sensor Tower website, specialized in ‘software’ for mobile phones.
Telegram, according to the Apptopia portal, accounted for 5.6 million downloads in the same period and announced, on Tuesday, that it exceeded 500 million active users worldwide, 25 million of which registered in the previous 72 hours.
This rise in downloads occurred after the invasion of Congressional headquarters, perpetrated by supporters of the still President Donald Trump, which resulted in at least five deaths and motivated the removal of ultra-conservative content on the Internet.
The incidents in Washington dictated, for example, the end of the Parler encrypted messaging application, popular with people affected by the extreme right, and the suspension of Trump’s accounts on social networks Facebook and Twitter, after the head of state incited or devalued acts of violence.
WhatsApp stressed that written messages and contacts stored in the application will remain encrypted, not being accessible to Facebook, but admitted that, as of February 8, there is metadata that will be available to Facebook, with a view to improving services e-commerce and advertising.
Critic of the veto to President Trump on various social networks, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who created an account on Telegram on Friday and has already gathered, until Tuesday, 98.5 thousand followers.
Also the Brazilian ministers of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Araújo, and of the Environment, Ricardo Salles, have already “migrated” from WhatsApp to Telegram, as well as deputies Bibo Nunes and Bia Kicis, and other “bolsonaristas” politicians.
The Signal application has also been recommended by ex-analyst at the US National Security Agency (NSA) Edward Snowden and businessman Elon Musk.