Update: In a tweeter, Signal said the disruption is due to a hosting outage.
The signal is currently down for many users. Its status website says the encrypted messaging app is “having technical difficulty” and many people are getting an error message in the app that says the same. The company says it is “working hard to restore service as quickly as possible.” TechCrunch has contacted Signal for comment.
Error message in Signal application
According to Downdetector.com, users started reporting outages around 11:05 p.m. EST tonight, and it appears to be affecting people around the world.
In January, Signal saw an increase in downloads from the App Store and Google Play after WhatsApp changed its data sharing policy.
Over the past few months, Signal has continued to expand its feature set, adding a default timer for disappearing messages that automatically applies the settings to all new conversations.