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Mark Zuckerberg uses Signal, reveals Facebook data breach

Highlights

  • Zuckerberg’s leaked phone number revealed that he uses Signal messenger
  • Personal information of more than 500 million Facebook users was leaked online recently
  • Signal has gained popularity owing to WhatsApp’s controversial privacy policy that comes into effect next month

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg uses the Signal app, according to security researcher Dave Walker. Walker posted the screenshot of the Facebook founder’s phone number confirming his presence on the messaging platform. 

Also Read: Signal app new features: animated stickers, chat wallpapers, media auto-download and more

Recently, it was revealed that the personal data of 533 million Facebook users was leaked, including details like name, date of birth, location, marriage details, Facebook user ID and contact number. Zuckerberg was also a victim of this data breach. 

Mark Zuckerberg uses WhatsApp rival messaging platform Signal

The news of Zuckerberg’s revelation of using Signal comes at a crucial time when WhatsApp’s new privacy policy is inching closer. Signal also took a dig at Zuckerberg on Twitter, saying “With the May 15th WhatsApp Terms of Service acceptance deadline fast approaching, Mark leads by example.” Apart from Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founders Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz were also a part of the data breach.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp’s controversial new privacy policy will kick into effect from May 15th. The popular messaging platform has asked users to accept the new terms and conditions in order to continue using the app. The updated policy changes how Facebook can access user’s chats with business accounts. This has led to a worldwide outrage with many users moving to alternatives like Signal and Telegram. 

In the past, Mark Zuckerberg has pushed for end-to-end encryption on all three social media platforms that Facebook owns – Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Six million out of the 533 million Facebook users affected by the data breach are from India. According to a Bloomberg report, the database of stolen phone numbers was posted to a Hacker’s forum.

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