Signal Foundation

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Signal Foundation
FoundedFebruary 21, 2018; 10 months ago (2018-02-21)
Type501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
FocusOpen source privacy technology
  • United States
Area served
Executive chairman
Brian Acton[1]
Chief executive officer
Moxie Marlinspike[1]

The Signal Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2018 by Moxie Marlinspike and Brian Acton.[2] Its mission is "to develop open source privacy technology that protects free expression and enables secure global communication."[3]

The Freedom of the Press Foundation has served as Signal's fiscal sponsor and will continue to accept donations while the Signal Foundation's non-profit status is pending.[2]

The foundation shares its name with the Signal messaging app that Marlinspike founded.


On February 21, 2018, Moxie Marlinspike and WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton announced the formation of the Signal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.[2][1] The foundation was started with an initial $50 million in funding from Acton, who had left WhatsApp's parent company Facebook in September 2017.[1] According to the announcement, Acton is the foundation's Executive Chairman and Marlinspike continues as CEO.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Greenberg, Andy (21 February 2018). "WhatsApp Co-Founder Puts $50M Into Signal To Supercharge Encrypted Messaging". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Marlinspike, Moxie; Acton, Brian (21 February 2018). "Signal Foundation". Retrieved 21 February 2018.
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