WhatsApp’s decision to forcibly take personal information of people has started to show its effect on its popularity.
- Abhishek Sharma
- Jan 13, 2021, 11:45 AM IST
The Facebook-owned company’s decision came as a blessing in disguise for its rivals as Signal and Telegram saw over 40 lakh new users signing up within a couple of days, and the number is fast growing.
WhatsApp’s downloads fell by 35 per cent over the January 6 to January 10 time-period, with 1.3 million new downloads.
On the other hand, the platform has clarified that the changes do not affect the privacy of the messages that are sent using the app in any manner. Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, the platform said that it wanted to ‘address rumours’ regarding the recent update and stressed that it will continue to protect the private messages with end-to-end encryption.
Whatsapp added that neither it nor its parent company Facebook can read users’ messages or hear their calls. It added that it does not keep a log of who a user is messaging or calling and cannot see the location shared by a user in a personal message.
Reports have claimed that not only ordinary users but CEOs of many major companies and business tycoons have also started shifting to other messaging apps from WhatsApp. Let’s take a look at major players who have left WhatsApp and switched to another app.
1. 1000 PhonePe employees leave WhatsApp
As per reports, more than 1000 employees of Payment Gateway app PhonePe, including the CEO of the company, have removed WhatsApp from their mobiles. Now these employees are using Signal for all their work. The company’s CEO Sameer Nigam has given information through Twitter.
2. Mahindra Group’s Chairman Anand Mahindra bids goodbye to WhatsApp
Anand Mahindra, the chairman of Mahindra Group, has also left WhatsApp. Through a tweet, he has informed that he has left WhatsApp and switched to Signal.
3. Tata Group Chairman also leaves from WhatsApp
According to a TimesofIndia report, Tata Group chairman N Chandrashekharan is now using Signal instead of WhatsApp. Apart from this, many top executives of the company have also left WhatsApp.
4. PayTm also asked employees to remove WhatsApp
According to reports, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, CEO of payment app PayTm, has also told his team to stay away from WhatsApp for communication.
5. Signal got over 23 lakh new downloads between January 6 and January 10
According to data from app analytics firm Sensor Tower, Signal got over 23 lakh new downloads between January 6 and January 10 while Telegram clocked more than 16 lakh new downloads in the same period.
(Photo courtesy: signal.org)
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