Users can now donate by Signal’s in-app sustainer programme.
This week, Signal released a new feature that lets users donate money directly from the app. There are no advertisers or shareholders who contribute money to Signal because it is a non-profit, according to a blog post from the company.
There are options for monthly donations as well as one-time contributions within the app, and users’ payment information will not be linked to their Signal accounts because the company will use the same anonymous credential scheme it uses for private groups of users: Apple Pay or Google Pay.
Once a payment has been made, customers can attach a badge to their account so the server can verify that the person making the payment is indeed the one they claim to be.
This year, Signal began adding some of the more consumer-friendly features that other messaging apps have had for a long time, such as stickers and wallpapers, to the app’s repertoire.
Users who donate $5, $10, or $20 to Signal are rewarded with a unique badge for their support. In order to “eliminate the dark pattern” of subscriptions you’ve forgotten about, Signal will only renew if a customer uses the app for a full month. In the future, Signal plans to support additional payment methods.