One of the co-founders of WhatsApp, billionaire Brian Acton (Brian Acton) has become the interim CEO of the signal messenger, of which he is already an investor. Former CEO Moxie Marlinspike announced his resignation last month and a new permanent director has yet to be appointed.
The news signals a real “upheaval” in the company, which initially consisted of a few people, but has now grown to several dozen members. At the same time, the messenger offers more and more new functions. Recently it was reported that users have the ability to send cryptocurrencies all over the world.
“It’s hard to overestimate how important Signal is to me, but now I feel very comfortable looking for a replacement as a director.”– said Marlinspike. He has already spoken to candidates in the past few months, he said, but the resignation post itself is an additional search announcement. The previous boss made it clear that he will remain on the company’s board of directors.
The Signal app started working in November 2015 and was a combination of two programs – TextSecure and RedPhone. Since then, Signal has gradually become one of the most secure and popular instant messengers, avidly used by journalists, technicians, lawyers, political activists and other citizens who care about privacy.
The new signal function, which enables working with cryptocurrencies, could attract more attention from government organizations. Signal former and current employees previously told reporters that the addition of “confidential” translation features could trigger greater scrutiny by regulators.