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Signal down: WhatsApp alternative currently not available

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Signal is currently down because the service is through the Change of data protection conditions has gained quite a reputation on WhatsApp. The WhatsApp alternative has not been available for a few hours. We clarify what is actually going on.

We know again and again that WhatsApp is down. But now it is also affecting Signal: The open source app is currently unavailable, sending and receiving messages is no longer possible. Many users have switched from WhatsApp to Signal in the past few days and the servers now seem to be suffering from this load. We have, for example, in ours which alternatives there are to WhatsApp last TechnikCastto the podcast TechnikNews, espprochen. It's been there for a few hours Problem already, Signal added a few minutes ago on twitter voiced.

Signal down: Why this rush on the secure messenger?

Numerous users have switched to Signal in the past few days and weeks. Before that, WhatsApp had a new privacy policy announcedwanting to share more data with Facebook in the future. Then this project turned out to be a mistake, because for users from Europe the Change does not apply. Nevertheless, many do not trust the whole back and forth and have changed messengers. We also talked about it in our podcastprochen you here. place.

Signal down

This message is currently being displayed to users in Signal. (Image: TechnikNews/Screenshot)

Signal down: All updates

Update on January 16.01 at 14:36 pm: The service is now back to normal. However, the error message is still displayed as it is yet to be Protrouble could come.

Update on January 15.01 at 23:03 pm: Signal has via Twitter confirms that additional servers will be activated in order to bring the service online as quickly as possible.

Update on January 15.01 at 20:08 pm: Almost four hours later still no interference suppression.

Update on January 15.01 at 18:15 pm: Individual messages go through with us again, albeit very slowly.

Update on January 15.01 at 18:07 pm: Unfortunately, no improvement in sight, however, a message is now displayed in the app: "Signal is currently experiencing technical difficulties"

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After almost 12 hours, Signal still doesn't work.
A shame! I and the family are back on Whatsapp.


That serves all those who have mutated into would-be data protectionists / security experts because of the WhatsApp debate, but who still use Microsoft, Alexa, Google, Siri, etc…. ?


Just because you are using other services, doesn't it speak against changing at least the messenger?


Yes, actually, that's a fundamental question!

dr dr Mag. Robert

I tried nothing. Help I have to write to my mother asking if she can pick me up, but it doesn't work. Don't want to write on this WhatsApp, because Zuckerberg isn't allowed to read, otherwise he'll pick me up and I don't want that.


My mom wanted to pick me up from school today. I wrote to her hours ago! Still standing in the classroom! In the middle of lockdown! Mark wouldn't have let that happen with WhatsApp. 🙁