When comparing Line vs Signal Private Messenger, the Slant community recommends Signal Private Messenger for most people. In the question“What are the best messaging apps for iOS?” Signal Private Messenger is ranked 10th while Line is ranked 16th. The most important reason people chose Signal Private Messenger is:
Backed by people nut about privacy, including - Edward Snowden, Whistleblower and privacy advocate - Laura Poitras, Oscar winning filmmaker and journalist - Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist - Matt Green, Cryptographer, Johns Hopkins University
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Pro Enormous, constantly updated stamp collection
Since many brands use stamps for promotional purposes, everything from movies to food brands to Taylor Swift have released stamp collections.
Pro Photo filter and editing capabilities
Users have in-app editing tools, as well as Line's separate camera application, which has additional tools.
Pro Large celebrity and public figure usage rate
The caveat is that they are in Japan, but the app is commonly used to 'follow' public figures.
Pro Integrated social network
Similar to Facebook's timeline.
Pro Truly open and secure, comes from the Open Whisper Systems Team
Backed by people nut about privacy, including
- Edward Snowden, Whistleblower and privacy advocate
- Laura Poitras, Oscar winning filmmaker and journalist
- Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist
- Matt Green, Cryptographer, Johns Hopkins University
Pro Encrypted voice calling
Unlike many other apps, signal provides not only text messaging but also live encrypted voice calling.
Pro Free as in both free beer and freedom, not as in "The customer is the product"
Pay Nothing - The development team is supported by community donations and grants. There are no advertisements, and it doesn't cost anything to use.
Con Account is locked to the Phone Number & Device
The entire account is locked to the phone number, which cannot be changed. If the application is installed on a new device with the same phone number, the previous account data will be wiped.
Con Users have been concentrated in Japan
Of the 360+ million registered users, the top country is Japan (50 million). Thailand and Indonesia are 2nd and 3rd with 33 and 30 million, respectively, with very small market penetration in the US (10 million, 11th place).
Con Centralized architecture
Signal's server architecture has been partially decentralized since December 2013, when it was announced that the messaging protocol that is used in Signal had successfully been integrated into the Android-based open-source operating system CyanogenMod. As of CyanogenMod 11.0, the client logic is contained in a system app called WhisperPush. According to Open Whisper Systems, "the Cyanogen team runs their own Signal messaging server for WhisperPush clients, which federates with Open Whisper Systems' Signal server, so that both clients can exchange messages with each-other seamlessly". The WhisperPush source code is available under the GPLv3 license. In January 2016, however, the CyanogenMod team announced that they will be discontinuing WhisperPush on February 1, and recommended that its users switch to Signal. After this, Signal's server architecture will be entirely centralized.
Con Requires phone number to register
Con Code being used in Whatsapp and other parties undermines trust
It's unlikely FB would add encryption it does not have access to.