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Encrypted app Signal just hired one of Big Tech's sharpest critics

By Nitasha Tiku

06 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

You should read this story to know why Signal has hired former Googler Meredith Whittaker as President and why she wants people to start paying for using Signal.

Signal has hired Meredith Whittaker, a former Google manager who has been outspoken about the harms of Big Tech, as its first president, adding to the roster of tech critics leading the encrypted messaging app.

In the crowded market for messaging apps, Signal stands apart. It's committed to encryption in an industry built on collecting personal data. It's run by a nonprofit, but competes against WhatsApp and iMessage, backed by some of the richest companies in the world, Facebook parent Meta and Apple.

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