the co-founder of WhatsApp is the new CEO


What they have in common WhatsApp is Signal it is firstly the fact that they are two of the most popular messaging solutions and secondly that they both rely on end-to-end encryption to ensure message privacy, even using the same security protocol and being practically similar in terms of guaranteeing the confidentiality of the data transferred between users in chat. From now on, however, to somehow unite the two services will also be the figures present on the “upper floors”.

Brian Acton is now the interim CEO of Signal

In fact, very recently Brian Acton became the CEO of Signal. For the uninitiated, we are talking about the co-founder of WhatsApp. The appointment comes after that Moxie Marlinspike, the creator of Signal, left the role of CEO of the service, communicating the thing with a post on the company’s blog dated January 10. Signal thus found itself without a “boss” and immediately started the search to find someone able to fill the role in question outside the company. Meanwhile, Marlinspike made Acton the CEO ad interim application.

We report below in translated form what Marlinspike stated in this regard.

I will continue to sit on Signal’s executive board, pledging to help manifest Signal’s mission from that position, and will initiate the transition from my role as CEO over the next month to focus on finding new candidates. Brian Acton, who is on the Signal Foundation Board, has applied to become interim CEO during the research period. I trust in your commitment to our mission.

It should be noted that in 2017 Acton founded and financed the Signal Foundation, the company that manages the messaging service, together with Marlinspike. Additionally, Acton served as Executive Chairman, but never had direct roles in managing the app.


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