According to WhatsApp new privacy norms, the users have to give access to data sharing, including location, phone number with Facebook and its other units like Messenger and Instagram. Users who don’t comply with the new norms latest by February 8, will lose access to the messaging app.
Facebook’s move has come under the scanner with privacy advocates citing the social media giant’s track record in handling user data. Many including Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma, popular whistleblower Edward Snowden have advised users to migrate to similar messaging platforms like Signal and Telegram.
Signal meanwhile, making most of the opportunity has become the number one app on App store in India and on 3rd position on Google Play as on January 11. Signal also tweeted that it is being listed as the top free app on Apple’s App Store charts in India, Austria, France, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, and Switzerland.
Signal has also added more servers to handle the increased traffic. The app so long was used only by journalists and activists, security experts only who are in the lookout of a more secure mode of communication. Signal was founded by WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton.
WhatsApp facing new challenges saw 7 per cent dip in daily download as on Sunday, compared with Wednesday when the app was downloaded by nearly 1.2 million users on Jan. 10, according to Apptopia. Although it has clarified that the new privacy norms is addressed only for business accounts, but the way it is being pushed to and personal consumer accounts has demotivated many to stop using the app