So is supposed to be installed on a smartphone before you can use it on desktop? Unofficially, the desktop version is perfectly capable of creating new accounts. All you need is a number to receive an SMS or voice mail. Here is how.

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Wouldn’t using something like Keybase be better than signal? E2EE chat and a way to verify who you are talking to.

@jeff @WPalant As long as both sides opt to use exploding messages.

The API's just as much of a pain in the ass, though.

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I wasn't aware of those issues, and it really is a shame. I like Signal though and wish they would be a little less closed off about their platform. Maybe federate the platform so that it is like TOR and there is not a chain of custody for messages.

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