The nonprofit behind the privacy-focused messenger app Signal has started accepting donations in cryptocurrency.
The site is taking the two most popular cryptocurrencies, and , as well as altcoins such as , , and , which is a so-called “privacy coin.”
Signal works a little like Telegram, another popular messaging service, in that it’s end-to-end encrypted, meaning messages can only be read by the sender and receiver. That’s in contrast to something like Facebook Messenger, which can access your data and can use it to more effectively sell ads on its platform.
The Signal Foundation was launched in 2018 by Moxie Marlinspike, who’s responsible for the Signal app, and Brian Acton, who created WhatsApp.
Elon Musk is a fan of Signal, as is Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.
Last year, in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Signal introduced a face-blurring tool designed to protect the identity of protestors.
It’s also been reported that Signal is actively exploring options for developing its own cryptocurrency.