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Signal Tries to Expose Facebook’s Garbage Ad Collecting Practices, Gets Banned

A Signal ad describing the reader as a "newlywed pilates instructor," and "cartoon crazy."Signal

We all know that Facebook collects user data for targeted advertising, but just how specific is that data? A new Instagram ad campaign by Signal shows people the uncomfortably-precise personal data that Facebook collects and sells. At least, it would, but Instagram shut the project down before it went live.

Advertisers on Facebook and Instagram can choose between several data points to target potential customers. These data points aren’t just reflections of your location or the pages you follow on social media, they’re highly specific and can include information on your hygiene, sexuality, education, relationship history, employment status, and more.

If it hadn’t been shut down, Signal’s “transparent ad campaign” would tell Instagram users the exact data points used to serve them ads. In a blog post, Signal shared some examples of these ads, which are full of invasive lines like “you have a new baby and just moved,” and “this ad thinks you do drag.”

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Facebook stopped the uncomfortable ad campaign before it went live and banned Signal from advertising on its platforms. Signal chalks this up to a moral failing, stating that Facebook is happy to collect and sell personal data “unless it’s to tell people about how their data is being used.” So long as Facebook keeps its ads business invisible, it can avoid controversy and user backlash.

Of course, Signal is a business looking for more users. The company knows that its encrypted messaging app, a popular alternative to the Facebook-owned WhatsApp, will appeal to people who are interested in this Instagram ads stunt. So I guess I’ll do the dirty work and link to Signal below. You can also learn more about Signal’s “transparent” ad campaign on the company’s blog.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/81214/signal-tries-to-expose-facebooks-garbage-ad-collecting-practices-gets-banned/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Andrew Heinzman

Signal’s response to FBI’s grand jury subpoena for user data is basically “You get nothing. You lose. Good day, sir”

Signal, the popular messaging service with end-to-end encryption, stores precious little user data — “Unix timestamps for when each account was created and the date that each account last connected to the Signal service.”

So when the FBI subpoenaed Signal to turn over “a wide variety of information… including the addresses of the users, their correspondence, and the name associated with each account,” Signal enlisted the aid of the ACLU, which replied to the FBI with a polite version of the Willy Winka “you get nothing” meme. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/04/29/signals-response-to-fbis-grand-jury-subpoena-for-user-data-you-get-nothing-you-lose-good-day-sir.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=signals-response-to-fbis-grand-jury-subpoena-for-user-data-you-get-nothing-you-lose-good-day-sir
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Mark Frauenfelder

How to Sign up for Signal or Telegram Anonymously

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Secure messaging apps like Signal and Telegram go the extra mile to protect your privacy and secure your conversations. But what if you want to truly chat anonymously, without giving away your personal phone number?

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/712590/how-to-sign-up-for-signal-or-telegram-anonymously/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Tim Brookes

How to Send Disappearing Messages in Signal

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Don’t want your messages sent through Signal to remain on someone’s phone? You can use the Disappearing Messages feature to automatically delete all messages in a chat after a set time. Here’s how to send disappearing messages in Signal.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/709515/how-to-send-disappearing-messages-in-signal/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Khamosh Pathak

How to Make Your Signal Chats as Secure as Possible

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Signal secures all your conversations with end-to-end encryption, offering more privacy and security than your average chat app. But Signal offers some other useful security options. Here’s how to take advantage of them.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/709074/how-to-make-your-signal-chats-as-secure-as-possible/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Tim Brookes

How to Delete Your Signal Account

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Signal is one of the few popular messaging apps that offer end-to-end encryption. While the service is great, it might not be for everyone. If you’re looking to say goodbye, here’s how to delete your Signal account.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/710591/how-to-delete-your-signal-account/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Khamosh Pathak

9 Signal Features You Should Start Using If You Just Switched from WhatsApp

signal-features-you-should-try-now-featu In the wake of WhatsApp’s recent privacy policy change announcement, record numbers of disgruntled users have opted to switch to alternative apps. If you recently switched to Signal, then you may want to get acquainted with what the app has to offer. Here are some of the best Signal features you should definitely start using. Related: Why You Should Switch to the Signal Chat App 1. Make Use of Your Phone’s Biometric Security Options Signal comes with a built-in app locker that takes advantage of your phone’s own biometric security options, including fingerprint, FaceID and so… Read more14262860.gif

Source: https://tracking.feedpress.com/link/12555/14262860/best-signal-features
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A glimpse at the messy future of Signal, the popular encrypted messaging app

In the wake of the Great Parler Ban of 2021, the popular encrypted messaging app Signal managed to double its users from 20 million to 40 million, practically overnight. This is good news for the company at present—but it also poses some potential problems for the future. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/02/01/a-glimpse-at-the-messy-future-of-signal-the-popular-encrypted-messaging-app.html
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Thom Dunn

How to Install Signal Desktop on Linux

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Signal is the privacy-focused smartphone messaging app everyone seems to be using. You can also use Signal on a Windows PC, Mac—or Linux computer. It’s easy to install and register it to your Signal account.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/709784/how-to-install-signal-desktop-on-linux/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Dave McKay

How to Make Signal Your Default SMS Messaging App on Android

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Signal is a popular privacy-focused, encrypted messaging app. It’s an alternative to WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, and others. There’s a lot to like about the app, and if you make the switch, it can even replace your SMS app.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/709379/how-to-make-signal-your-default-messaging-app/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Joe Fedewa

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