Signal User Surges - Elon Musk's Tweet, Whatsapp Policy

Ruben Fields
January 26, 2021

"We can't see your private messages or hear your calls, and neither can Facebook: Neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can read your messages or hear your calls with your friends, family, and co-workers on WhatsApp".

Most users were concerned their conversations would be accessed by Facebook and other companies, and in a detailed article published today, WhatsApp explains what exactly is supposed to happen next month.

Messaging app, Telegram has gained over 25 million new users in the last 72 hours on the back of the increasing worry generated among users of WhatsApp following their latest privacy policy.

Signal, a non-profit, has seen millions of downloads globally after WhatsApp updated its privacy policy that included a controversial change of linking data of WhatsApp users to Facebook's other products and services.

According to analyst firm Sensor Tower, Signal was downloaded 246,000 times worldwide before WhatsApp announced the change on January 4, and 8.8 million the following week. People no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services.With half a billion active users and accelerating growth, Telegram has become the largest refuge for those seeking a communication platform committed to privacy and security, ' he said. Following this, WhatsApp posted a clarifying message on its Twitter account in response to anyone who had uninstalled the app or planned to do so before February 8th.

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'We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings, including the Facebook Company Products'.

The updated privacy policy further highlights how other Facebook companies may use the information collected from WhatsApp. WhatsApp says it also does not keep log of who you message/call.

Furthermore, the company explains contacts and your location are not exposed in any way, so neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can access them.

The platform emphasised that user chats will remain end-to-end encrypted and that the changes will not impact the privacy of messages sent to friends or family. In Europe, the new terms make it easier to transact between individuals and businesses, the latter now being able to store WhatsApp chats on Facebook hosting services.

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