“WhatsApp must receive or collect some information to operate, provide, improve, understand, customise, support, and market our Services, including when you install, access, or use our Services,” the updated WhatsApp policy reads.
After the announcement from WhatsApp, Tesla CEO Elon Musk reacted and wrote on his Twitter account “Use Signal”.
In fact, hours after the tweet from Elon Musk, the small encrypted messaging app Signal saw a significant surge in new users signing up for its platform.
Signal wrote from its Twitter account: “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.”
“Everyone should be able to register without delay again. Thanks to all of the carriers who flipped the right switches so that people can keep switching,” the messaging app added.
Many disappointed WhatsApp users also took to social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and criticized Facebook-owned Whatsapp over its new policy.
One user wrote: “If you’re looking at migrating out of WhatsApp, @signalapp is a very good option. The signal app is developed under Signal Foundation which is a non-profit foundation. It is open-source and peer-reviewed. Same is not true with Telegram and other market offerings.”
“Finally deleted WhatsApp from phone and desktop. Have used @signalapp quite extensively in 2020 and very happy with it. Having left Facebook many years ago, I’m finally entirely out of their ecosystem,” another user tweeted.
Not just Signal, in fact, several other messaging applications such as Telegram also witnessing the surge in new users signing up on its platform.