Signal, the cross-platform, encrypted instant messaging service, has added a Stories feature to its Android and iOS apps. In a blog post published on Monday, the company stated that stories,’ a feature ubiquitous on Instagram and WhatsApp, had arisen as a new way to communicate over the previous few years, with their own distinct objectives, norms, and idiosyncrasies.

It seemed reasonable for an instant messaging software to have such a feature, the post continued. Signal users worldwide request stories frequently.


According to the site, Signal has chosen a more general approach to the article-watching feature. Everyone in a user’s phone contact list who uses Signal, anyone who has had a 1:1 discussion with a user on Signal (even without adding a contact), and anyone whose message request has been accepted in Signal can share and watch stories. Users can also choose to hide their tales from certain persons on their own.

Similarly, users can share the narrative with a smaller number of people or groups, as well as design their own bespoke structure for tracking who has viewed their stories. When a user shares a story with one of their pre-existing group conversations, everyone in the group can read the tale as well as other users’ comments and replies. Whether or not a member has communicated with them directly outside of the group, one can view updates that other members share to the group story.

Features in Detail

Signal users can add image, video, and text updates to their tales. Stories will expire 24 hours after sharing, however, user can delete these earlier as per desire. To do so, go to settings, then “stories,” and switch off the tales to ensure complete privacy. The goal, according to the site, is to have the option to turn off stories and not broadcast them to anyone who will not know that you have opted out of reading the updates. Stories, like everything else on the app, are  using encryption  from beginning to end.

Signal has evolved as an intriguing instant messaging option in recent years for many users seeking a greater privacy and stronger end-to-end encryption requirements. During the extended shutdown of Meta’s network of apps and services, including WhatsApp messenger, in October last year, the private messaging app, which was also sponsored by computer analyst whistleblower Edward Snowden, saw user sign-ups skyrocket.

Signal, developed by the non-profit Signal Foundation and Signal Messenger LLC, is a cross-platform, centralized encrypted instant messaging application. Users can send one-to-one and group communications with files, voice notes, photos, and videos. The Android version can support an SMS app and for one-to-one and group audio and video chats.

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