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What about supporting Signal? It’s a non-profit organization and their software is open source. Obviously it’s not as flexible as XMPP, but it seems to grow more popular: Signal might be the first privacy-oriented app for a lot of people.

https://signal.org

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Does it still require a phone number to register an account? I think it’s a better option than Facebook etc, but it’s not as anonymous as other options including XMPP or the more modern and gaining traction Matrix protocol. 

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A phone number is required, but according to their AMA they’re working on a solution. Personally, I love XMPP and Matrix, but it’s still seems too techy for most people at this stage of development.

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13 hours ago, dIecbasC said:

Does it still require a phone number to register an account? I think it’s a better option than Facebook etc, but it’s not as anonymous as other options including XMPP or the more modern and gaining traction Matrix protocol. 

The inconvenience with the phone number you can avoid with a burner phone or landline,voip etc.
With Signal you can do group chat now also.
Signal is not only voice its also video.
There are more safe options like threema although you have to pay 2-dollars ones.I think thats not really  problem.

There is more to read overhere (!) 1. https://restoreprivacy.com/alternatives-to-whatsapp/
2.
https://restoreprivacy.com/signal-redirect/

 

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All about whatsapp, by Richie Koch of Protonmail.I think a must read and know.
https://protonmail.com/blog/whatsapp-new-privacy-policy/

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any of you have problems with signal new message notifications? very often it doesn't work for me.
that's only downside to signal at my end. I've been using it for years but not many users want to switch from other apps.
 

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On 1/20/2021 at 2:47 PM, ruler2016 said:

any of you have problems with signal new message notifications? very often it doesn't work for me.
that's only downside to signal at my end. I've been using it for years but not many users want to switch from other apps.
 

As far as I’m concerned, this issue improved since Signal had to upscale their infrastructure due to the influx of lots of new users.

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I just want to say thank you for this great forum. I found a solution here on airvpn.org for my issue.

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On 1/15/2021 at 12:07 PM, Casper31 said:
The inconvenience with the phone number you can avoid with a burner phone or landline,voip etc.
With Signal you can do group chat now also.
Signal is not only voice its also video.
There are more safe options like threema although you have to pay 2-dollars ones.I think thats not really  problem.

There is more to read overhere (!) 1. https://restoreprivacy.com/alternatives-to-whatsapp/
2.
https://restoreprivacy.com/signal-redirect/

 

You are just side tracking the issue. In a lot of countries getting a burner phone line is legally impossible.

Matrix also has adio and video, and is receiving a lot of development. Plus it is decentralized (federated) unlike Signal which can spy on your metadata (I know they have mitigated this with some encryption scheme, but still somehow vulnerable). I fail to see why people, specially privacy loving people, promote Signal.

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