After the coup, the internet in many places in Myanmar flickered, forcing people to find alternative communication applications.
Bridgefy, the offline messaging app, has received more than one million downloads in Myanmar when Internet service in the country was on hiatus. This App uses Bluetooth to together establish a large network connection, allowing users to communicate with each other without the Internet.
Developer Bridgefy shared on Twitter that they want the people of Myanmar to find their application useful in the country’s difficult times.
After the military arrested Aung San Suu Kyi and other high-ranking political officials on the morning of February 1, telecommunications services were interrupted in many parts of Myanmar including the city of Yangon and the capital Naypyitaw.
In the afternoon of the same day, the communication system was restored, but activists in Myanmar still encouraged people to download the Bridgefy application in order to deal with the possibility of the Internet system being disconnected in the future.
According to Bridgefy’s CEO Jorge Rios, the app received 1.1 million downloads between Monday and Tuesday afternoon.
According to statistics, in Myanmar, there are 22 million social media users.
Although it has gained worldwide popularity, many security experts have expressed concern that this app could be compromised by bad guys and steal users’ personal information.
However, developer Bridgefy claims that they have improved the security process as well as encrypting messages sent by users.