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Mark Zuckerberg captured using Signal secure chat app, main competitor to Facebook-owned WhatsApp: report



A hack of millions of Facebook users’ data has revealed that the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg uses the secure messaging app Signal, one of the main competitors of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

Dave Walker, a cybersecurity researcher, discovered that Zuckerberg was among more than 533 million Facebook users whose information was leaked into the hack in 2019, Mashable reported.

“In another event, Mark Zuckerberg also respects his own privacy by using a chat app that has end-to-end encryption and is not owned by @facebook,” Walker tweeted along with a photo of Zuckerberg’s edited phone number, which he linked to a Signal account.

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Signal, one of WhatsApp̵

7;s main competitors, is an encrypted messaging app, which means that the company does not have access to messages or calls from users on the app.

Following the news of Zuckerberg’s alleged use of Signal, the company retweeted a link to the writing of the story: “With the May 15 WhatsApp terms of acceptance, Markus is approaching as a good example.”

WhatsApp’s plans to update its privacy policy earlier this year were put on hold amid public outcry over privacy issues. In a recent blog post, the company said that the update will not affect personal messages, and that the changes are related to “optional business features.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the Signal messaging app.

Details from more than 533 million Facebook users have been found available on a hacker website. The information seems to be several years old, but it is another example of the enormous amount of information collected by Facebook and other social media, and the limits of how secure the information is.

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The availability of the dataset was first reported by Business Insider. According to this publication, it has information from 106 countries, including telephone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, places, dates of birth and email addresses.

“This is old data that was previously reported in 2019,” the California-based company Menlo Park said in a statement. “We found and resolved this issue in August 2019.”

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Fox Business has reached out to Facebook with a request for comment, but did not respond before publication.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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