Best Whatsapp Alternatives in 2021: Telegram, Signal and More

Ruben Fields
January 11, 2021

The key updates in the new Terms of Services include how businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats; and how it partners with Facebook to offer integrations across Facebook's products. And one important piece of information is that users will not be able to use WhatsApp without accepting the new terms and conditions.

Meanwhile, many people are seen shifting to Signal, which is another messaging app, run by a non-profit organization after the new WhatsApp update.

Just like WhatsApp, you can also make voice and video calls with fellow Signal users for free of cost.

Signal, a cross-platform encrypted messaging service was developed by a non-profit organisation, Signal Foundation, set up by former WhatsApp co-founder Brien Acton who left WhatsApp in 2017.

Current users of the app are therefore being given an ultimatum: accept or stop using our service.

After the outrage, WhatsApp issued a clarification where it stated that the latest change is only applicable for business chats on the platform and the update does not change WhatsApp's data-sharing practices with Facebook, and it does not impact how people communicate privately.

However, data exchange with Facebook will take place, and is already taking place.

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There is no doubt that there are many versions that are being shared on social networks about the new policies of WhatsApp 2021 and majority tend to be feared by users. "In such a situation, I had no option but to follow him into the new social media platform", said WhatsApp user Devi Lal.

The messaging app Signal is touted to be the world's most secure app and there is no fear of user data being shared.

The spurt in the app's popularity can be attributed to a push from privacy advocates globally who have concerns regarding the recent developments at WhatsApp.

Turkcell reported a similar pattern in Turkey, with about 1 million new users joining BiP Messenger in the past 24 hours, according to a company statement on Sunday.

WhatsApp, which uses Signal's encryption technology, laid out fresh terms on Wednesday, asking users to agree to let owner Facebook Inc and its subsidiaries collect user data, including their phone number and location.

Another popular feature of the Signal App is that your old messages automatically disappears.

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