WhatsApp faced backlash, people moved to signal or Telegram
Due to privacy issues, many users switched to Signal, which is a more privacy focused messaging app. As a result, Signal achieved the number one position on App Store in India and number three position on Google Play. A lot of people started downloading the private messaging app when Tesla CEO Elon Musk publicly urged users to use Signal. Many also moved to Telegram as it is a feature-rich messaging app.
Whatsapp issues clarification
As people were concerned about privacy and planned to migrate to other messaging apps, WhatsApp clarified that neither it nor Facebook can see users’ private messages or hear their calls. The company said that all the messages are end-to-end encrypted, and it doesn’t keep logs of who people message or call. The service also tried to clarify that WhatsApp can’t see the shared location (neither can Facebook), and it doesn’t share users’ contacts with Facebook.“WhatsApp was built on a simple idea: what you share with your friends and family stays between you. This means we will always protect your personal conversations with end-to-end encryption, so that neither nor Facebook can see these private messages. It’s why we don’t keep logs of who everyone”s messaging or calling. We also can’t see your shared location and we don’t share your contacts with Facebook,” it said.
“We’re now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8. We’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works.