Offline messaging app Bridgefy stated it was downloaded greater than 6,00,000 times in a couple of hours in Myanmar, after the nation’s military seized energy on Monday and briefly disrupted Web visitors.
The Mexico-based startup, which gained reputation throughout Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests in 2020, tweeted that it hoped folks in Myanmar would discover its app “helpful throughout powerful times.”
We’re grateful to share that the Bridgefy App was downloaded greater than 600,000 times in #Myanmar as we speak, in just some hours. Hopefully, folks will discover it useful throughout powerful times. Please keep protected!
— Bridgefy (@bridgefy) February 1, 2021
After the nation’s democratically elected leaders had been arrested, cellphone and web connections had been disrupted in the principle metropolis Yangon and the capital Naypyitaw and another elements of the nation.
Communications had been restored by late Monday however, in social media posts seen by Reuters, activists in Myanmar inspired the download of Bridgefy as an answer to attainable additional shutdowns.
Bridgefy, whose backers embody Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and which has additionally been used at anti-government rallies in Thailand, is one among a number of apps primarily based on Bluetooth that use mesh networks to permit customers to speak with out Web connections.
They’ve gained reputation globally, particularly in international locations which have a historical past of imposing restrictions on social media platforms and web suppliers – although safety consultants say they are often penetrated, exposing customers to surveillance dangers.
The same app, Firechat, has been utilized in protests in Iran and Iraq.
© Thomson Reuters 2021
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