Signal replaces WhatsApp?
19.01.2021Back to news
The recent news about WhatsApp might lead to an outflow of users preferring to install Signal or Telegram – there are already users who have switched to these messengers instead.
The new privacy update demands that users agree to share their data to keep on using the chat service. The update will come into force on February 8 making account registration information, transaction details, mobile device data, profile names and IP addresses, except for the messages content, accessible for Facebook companies.
Verification codes are currently delayed across several providers because so many new people are trying to join Signal right now (we can barely register our excitement). We are working with carriers to resolve this as quickly as possible. Hang in there.— Signal (@signalapp) January 7, 2021
WhatsApp was appropriated by Facebook’s creator in 2014 and unfolded by Mark Zuckerberg into the most famous service.
The messenger’s representatives insisted that the update was about “providing clearer information to users on how and why the data is used by WhatsApp.” It was also noted that the update didn’t change information sharing practices with Facebook and no private conversations would be impacted.
Anyway, Privacy International account posted a tweet disapproving of the WhatsApp’s requirement.
WhatsApp's notification to accept its new policy or lose your account is wrong on so many levels we need a short thread to talk about it— Privacy International (@privacyint) January 7, 2021