They ignored all the protests voiced by users and are determinedly carrying on with the implementation. (Well, it might as well have been completed as I write it – I’m not on the latest version of Signal for this very reason).
They’re basically forcing users to store data in the cloud. Combine it with the US ‘encryption backdoor’ bill, and the encryption becomes a shmyption. IIRC, the CEO at some point declared that if full encryption becomes illegal in the US, they’d be moving countries. I have no info if it’s still on the table.
I’m disappointed because there are a good number of people who went to the trouble of installing and using Signal only because of me after I ditched WhatsApp and other messengers – now I’m to tell them, ‘hey, a WhatsApp founder’s laid his hand on Signal stuff, so pack up, we’re moving again’?
Are you OK with the PINs and cloud data storage or are you hopping to another IM app?