Do you care about privacy? You are most likely using Signal’s messaging service. When Whatsapp released the news in January due to changing user conditions, Signal was suggested as a privacy-friendly alternative. Users of the Signal messaging app can now support the project with donations in cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.
Donations to non-profit organizations
Signal officially announced yesterday that the platform has begun accepting crypto donations as a form of support for the Signal Technology Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the app. As a non-profit organization, we count on your support. If you wait patiently for Signal to accept cryptocurrency donations, you will no longer need to show your generosity, ”Signal writes.
As a non-profit organization, we count on your support. If you’ve been waiting patiently for Signal to accept donations in cryptocurrency, you no longer need to regain your generosity. https://t.co/1shZcAbZLi
– Signal (signalapp) March 15, 2021
Cryptocurrency donations are now part of Signal’s “Donate” section on the official website and determine that the new feature is enabled by the major cryptocurrency donation platform, The Giving Block.
Besides Bitcoin too, Chainlink and Ethereum, among others
Signal accepts twelve different cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Gemini Dollar Stablecoin, Basic Attention Token, Zcash, and Chainlink. Strangely, Signal does not accept privacycoin Monero. Although they say they support anonymous donations:
Signal noted, “The Giving Block also supports anonymous donations.” Signal is an independent messaging service with end-to-end encryption. The Signal Technology Foundation was founded in February 2018 by WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who left both WhatsApp and Facebook to create Signal in 2017.
Is China blocking the signal?
Reuters writes that China appears to be banning the Signal chat app. The website and app will no longer be connected without the VPN. The Chinese government has not confirmed the blockade yet. Reuters says the app will operate normally in Hong Kong. In the rest of China, the app only works with a VPN. Strangely enough, the app can be downloaded for an iPhone, but then the app does not work after installation.
According to Sensor Tower, Signal has been downloaded nearly 510,000 times on iOS in China and 100 million times downloaded worldwide from the App Store and Google Play combined.