Telegram and Signal are gaining in on WhatsApp
The new policy of WhatsApp left people in shock by announcing that it will not allow them to opt out of sharing data of its users with its parent company, Facebook
People aren’t happy with this change because previously there was an opportunity for users to opt out of sharing data. Given Facebook’s recent troubles with data privacy of many users, ever since the Cambridge-Analytica scandal unraveled a series of continuous problems for the tech giant, people have been vary of sharing private data with the company.
The news was followed by some savage trolling on several social media platforms after people assumed that the new policy has given WhatsApp the opportunity to monitor their personal messages
— Memer Bhai 🤢 (@shazilkimemes) January 12, 2021
— رانا ایان🇵🇰 (@iamAyanRANA) January 12, 2021
— OMG Farooq🇵🇰 (@farooqmamoond) January 12, 2021
The intense trolling was addressed by WhatsApp which issued an official statement to explain that this update only includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp
It was further clarified that personal messages sent to friends and family will NOT be monitored and the new policy change does NOT cover it.
We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption. pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98MP
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
The new argument by WhatsApp wasn’t bought by the general awaam who could not stop trolling WhatsApp for their explanation
A few even expressed their concerns regarding the ‘quality’ of the privacy provided by WhatsApp.
— Mirza Ahsan (@MirzaAh90607222) January 13, 2021
Here is a clarification sent out by WhatsApp on the latest privacy concerns and data security.
However, in my experience, it is not entirely true. Each time I chat with a new person on @WhatsApp, they are shown on my ‘friends suggestion’ on Facebook.
RT if you agree ✅
— Ankit Bhuptani 🏳️🌈 (@CitizenAnkit) January 12, 2021
As a result of the privacy concerns, a large number of people have switched over to apps like Telegram and Signal
It has been confirmed that the downloads of the encrypted apps Telegram and Signal have exponentially increased all over the globe. Both the apps are now one of the top downloaded apps from the Google and Apple stores.
Telegram has surpassed 500 million active users, with a 91% increase in downloads recently and Signal had a massive download increase of 4200%, according to reports.
The two apps claim to offer better encryption of data and security in terms of who the user data is shared with.
Telegram surpassed 500 million active users. 25 million new users joined in the last 72 hours: 38% came from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from MENA. https://t.co/1LptHZb9PQ
— Telegram Messenger (@telegram) January 12, 2021
Right now Telegram stands at the number one most downloaded app spot while Signal occupies the second highest position the Google Play store, in Pakistan
Are you planning to switch over to Telegram or Signal or you will continue using WhatsApp? Have you already ditched WhatsApp? Let us know in the comments below.
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