Signal, Telegram see demand spike as new WhatsApp terms stir debate


Signal and Telegram messaging apps are seeing a sudden increase in demand after larger rival WhatsApp's updated terms of service raised eyebrows on social media.

WhatsApp, which uses Signal's encryption technology, laid out fresh terms, asking users to agree to let owner Facebook Inc and its subsidiaries collect user data, including their phone number and location.

Some privacy activists questioned the "accept our data grab or get out" move on Twitter, and suggested users to switch to apps like Signal and Telegram.

Signal's popularity shot up further on Thursday after it was endorsed by Elon Musk, who has one of the most-followed accounts on Twitter, and by the micro-blogging site's top boss Jack Dorsey.

More than 100,000 users installed Signal across the app stores of Apple and Google in the last two days, while Telegram picked up nearly 2.2 million downloads, according to data analytics firm Sensor Tower.

New installs of WhatsApp fell 11% in the first seven days of 2021 compared with the prior week, but that still amounted to an estimated 10.5 million downloads globally, Sensor Tower said.

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Nothing to stop FB selling the results to everyone from butt plug vendors to gulag governors.

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I find it so funny. Here in Japan Line has required phone number for years and it is the most popular and used app.

Why do the Japanese prefer Line? For exactly the reason of needing to identify users if needed because it has cut down abusive behaviour permits identifying stalkers, etc...

The Japanese are less worried about false fear of government, or corporate data collection and more focused on the real and factual dangers of unstable people, bullying, stalking.

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I'd get off Whatsapp asap because Facebook will eat your phone from the inside if it can

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All these people posted so much personal info over the past 15 years and Facebook just took that data and ran with it. Made billions. Literally big billions.

What were people thinking? That this great "free" site lets me "connect" with everyone. How can that be bad?

If you want to continue to be a sucker, continue to use their products. They work well but there is a cost.

Don't ask the price. Even I don't know what it is exactly but you get what you pay for.

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