‘As part of the Facebook Companies, WhatsApp receives information from and shares information with, the other Facebook Companies.
‘We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings, including the Facebook Company Products.’
This means Facebook will have account details, the duration you spend on the app, your conversations, IP address and browser information. Additional data collected could be language and time-zone of the user.
Moreover, despite this explanation, users are not comfortable with the idea of data sharing with Facebook and this has to lead them in the search for alternatives. The likes of Edward Snowden and Elon Musk are known users of the Signal app. The SpaceX CEO donated to the development of the app last year and when suggested by a follower of his as an investment opportunity he said he’ll donate more
He also had this to about say about Signal:
Since this tweet, Signal says it has seen an increased amount of new users than normal which resulted in delayed number verification code of new users. The Signal App has also risen on the Goggle most downloaded apps ranked at number 10 in the UK and the US respectively while WhatsApp has fallen to 38 in the US as recorded by App Annie.
They also took to Twitter to express their thanks to countries like India, Germany and France just to mention a few, on being the number 1 ranking app on the Apple store raising above WhatsApp in second.
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Meanwhile, the Twitter community has responded to this new update policy with a little humour. Here are some of our favourite picks
Other WhatsApp Alternatives.
- Telegram: With over 500 million users worldwide, it takes the number one spot on this list. With a similar user interface to WhatsApp, this app will have you feeling nostalgic. It is very secure and safe. It also has a self-destruct feature that wipes your messages with no trace. Pretty sure that’s not what 007 fans expected.
- Signal: The safest option for sending messages across to friends and family because of its open-source code which allows its users to see the written code. No wonder Edward Snowden uses it.
- iMessage: Well, Its just back to default settings for iPhone users. Boasting of features like texting, sending pictures, videos to playing iMessage games with friends. You can also create Animated emoji’s and use them across a wide variety of apps.