WhatsApp addressed the issues later that week with a company post looking to ease concerns. The company claimed that this change only affected users who use WhatsApp’s commercial features.
According to WhatsApp, the only data shared with WhatsApp will be regarding its shopping features. The company claims that this data will be used to help personalize ads on other Facebook platforms. As a result, the privacy of your messages will not change.
However, this doesn’t seem to have convinced many of those who value WhatsApp for its privacy and security. Since there was no way to opt out of sharing your data with Facebook, this left many users feeling they have no other option as I mentioned before. Telephone circuit. With so many users now abandoning the app, things are starting to look like a problem for the messaging service.
Users are switching to Telegram after WhatsApp’s latest move
Not only did Telegram experience huge growth in the first week of January, the company has also seen a boom since WhatsApp privacy was announced. According to company founder Pavel Durov, Telegram has seen 25 million users join in just the last 72 hours.
According to Duroff, this growth is particularly noticeable compared to last year. In 2020 Telegram has just over 1.5 million users who subscribe daily. As a result, this is a seismic increase for the company.
New users appear to be arriving from all over the world which indicates that this is not an isolated growth. As noted by Durov, about 38% came from Asia, 27% from Europe, and 21% from Latin America.
Dorov noted that “people no longer want to replace their privacy with free services” as one of the main reasons behind Telegram’s increasing popularity.
Security and privacy have always been the main selling points of WhatsApp. With this change, they seem to have lost the customer’s confidence. The going forward could become a serious problem for messaging service with lurking Telegram as a viable alternative for security-hungry users.