Technology, Business

January 13, 2021

Millions of users ditch Whatsapp after new terms and conditions

Source: Pixabay (Thomas Ulrich) 

The Gist

The new terms and conditions share Whatsapp data with Facebook, prompting  millions of users to switch to Signal and Telegram. 

The List

  • Whatsapp's new terms and conditions effectively force users to consent to sharing their data with Facebook if they want to continue using the app.
  • Millions have opted to switch to Signal and Telegram, both of which offer true encrypted messaging that cannot be seen by anyone besides the senders and recipients. 
  • Signal has been downloaded nearly 8 million times over the past week, whereas Telegram has been downloaded about 6 million times. 
  • Experts believe that their surge in users is also due to the recent coordinated shut down of conservative social media platform Parler by tech giants. 

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