Facebook is delaying a privacy update to its WhatsApp messaging service after users started defecting to rival services like Signal and Telegram because of fears of the changes.
Facebook said that it decided to delay the update so that it could address the “confusion” and “misinformation” about the planned policy change, which has made some users worry that WhatsApp would share more data with its parent company.
Thank you to everyone who’s reached out. We’re still working to counter any confusion by communicating directly with @WhatsApp users. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on Feb 8 and we’ll be moving back our business plans until after May – https://t.co/H3DeSS0QfO
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 15, 2021
This was seen as a direct violation of user privacy by many. More than 25 million new users have since signed up for Telegram. Another well-known secure messaging app, Signal, has also topped the app store charts over the past week. WhatsApp, however, continues to be open about the changes and how they affect you. It has even published full-page ads in some of the most popular newspapers in India. You can see it attached right here:
Now, if you are still worried about your privacy, I’m here to help you with that as well. You can check out how WhatsApp compares to Telegram and Signal right here. Other popular WhatsApp alternatives are listed here and we have compiled guides to make it easier for everyone to make the switch. Check out how you can move from WhatsApp to Signal and Telegram respectively.
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