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Tech guru Elon Musk tells us to ditch Facebook for Signal yesterday

Tech mogul Elon Musk — known as widely for slinging cars into the sun’s orbit as he’s for advocating against COVID-19 safety measures — took to Twitter Thursday to slam Facebook over its latest privacy policy updates for its supposedly secure encrypted messaging app WhatsApp. Musk instead recommended users choose encrypted messaging app Signal. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=RaeHodge&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1347165127036977153&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnet.com%2Fhow-to%2Felon-musk-says-you-should-use-signal-instead-of-facebook-heres-what-to-know-about-the-app%2F&siteScreenName=CNET&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px

The tweet was then retweeted by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Shortly after, Signal tweeted that it was working to handle the surge of new users. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=RaeHodge&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-1&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1347240006444675072&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnet.com%2Fhow-to%2Felon-musk-says-you-should-use-signal-instead-of-facebook-heres-what-to-know-about-the-app%2F&siteScreenName=CNET&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px

Musk’s Twitter endorsement also incidentally led shares in the biotechnology company Signal Advance to soar, despite the fact that it is completely unrelated to Signal, which is not a publicly traded company. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=RaeHodge&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-2&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1347622177437151233&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnet.com%2Fhow-to%2Felon-musk-says-you-should-use-signal-instead-of-facebook-heres-what-to-know-about-the-app%2F&siteScreenName=CNET&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px

This isn’t the first time Musk has publicly sparred with Facebook over privacy concerns. In 2018, he not only had his own personal Facebook page removed, but those of his companies Tesla and SpaceX. His take on the long-fought battle between Signal and WhatsApp isn’t off-base, though. 

Both of the encrypted messaging apps have been found to have security bugs over the years that have been resolved. For years, WhatsApp has openly collected certain user data to share with parent company Facebook. Its latest policy change just expands that. Signal, on the other hand, has a history of fighting any entity that asks for your data, and adds features to further anonymize you where possible. 

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