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posted by janrinok on Thursday January 13, @12:53PM   Printer-friendly
from the delegate++ dept.

Moxie Marlinspike leaves encrypted-messaging app Signal:

Moxie Marlinspike, the co-founder and chief executive of encrypted-messaging app Signal, has resigned.

He blogged it was a "good time to replace myself as CEO" after working on Signal for over a decade.

Signal recently enabled crypto-currency payments within the app, which has concerned some users. Mr Marlinspike remains a board member of the Signal Foundation, while the board's executive chair, Brian Acton, becomes interim chief executive.

[...] Mr Marlinspike - whose real name is Matthew Rosenfeld - blogged he had always hoped to reach a point where Signal could "grow and sustain" beyond his involvement.

"I was writing all the Android code, was writing all of the server code, was the only person on call for the service, was facilitating all product development, and was managing everyone," he wrote. "I couldn't ever leave cell service, had to take my laptop with me everywhere in case of emergencies, and occasionally found myself sitting alone on the sidewalk in the rain late at night trying to diagnose a service degradation."

More than 40 million people now use Signal.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @06:08PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @06:08PM (#1212451)

    I read he was the only one that pushed against deplatforming users because of their beliefs. I see censorship coming to Signal, time to move on.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @06:32PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, @06:32PM (#1212466)

    Exactly. When you step down as the boss... you ain't the boss anymore. Uncharted waters lie ahead for the app with the change in leadership.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14, @12:46AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14, @12:46AM (#1212557)

    I see censorship coming to Signal

    ...that's...not...how Signal works? Like, architecturally, they cannot. It's not designed to, in fact it's designed to be unable to, and can no more enable censorship than a Ford F150 can swim.

    Now, push a malicious update, and all cards are off the table. But you're not suggesting that. And Moxie isn't raising red flags as he leaves - which, as an anarchist, he would be more prone to. So you're just FUDding.

    My guess is you're some national asset, trying to convince people to move to weaker alternatives.

    • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Monday January 17, @08:06AM

      by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Monday January 17, @08:06AM (#1213354) Homepage
      Which bit of "I see censorship coming to Signal" do you think excludes malicious updates?
      --
      I know I'm God, because every time I pray to him, I find I'm talking to myself.