Signal aims to tempt WhatsApp users by borrowing some of its best features WhatsApp and Signal app icons

Following changes to WhatsApp’s privacy policies that require users to share extra data with its parent company Facebook, many users have begun looking for alternative messaging apps – and it looks like Signal is hoping to lure them away by borrowing a few of WhatsApp’s features.

Signal already offers end-to-end encryption and the ability to send messages that self-destruct after a certain period of time (an option that arrived in WhatsApp late last year), but its latest beta release reveals a raft of other updates that will bring it in line with its rival.