Founder of WhatsApp goes to the competition: he is the new CEO of Signal

Brian Acton, original co-founder of WhatsApp will temporarily lead Signal .


Signal , the messaging service recommended for its security and privacy, will have Brian Acton, original co-founder of WhatsApp , as acting CEO .

The application, which had a rebound in users in 2021 after the controversial conditions added in WhatsApp , will have Acton as temporary CEO, while it finds a permanent replacement for Moxie Marlinspike, who is leaving the company after a decade.

“It is a new year and I have decided that it is a good time to replace me as CEO of Signal,” said Marlinspike, who will remain on the board, in a blog post published by the company.

Acton in charge

Brian Acton founded WhatsApp in 2009. The company was bought by Facebook, now called Meta, in 2014 . He left WhatsApp in 2017 due to differences in the use of customer data and targeted advertising, according to the Signal website .

In February 2018, together with Marlinspike, he started the nonprofit Signal Foundation, which currently oversees the app, by providing seed funding of $ 50 million.

Signal, an end-to-end encrypted messaging platform, has been endorsed by the likes of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and whistleblower and privacy advocate Edward Snowden .

The app is open source and is on Github. On the platform we find the codes of its version for iOS, Android and PC , which allows developers to access it and find any flaw or bug.