Huge shock to Whatsapp as several companies switch to Signal – DNA India

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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 criticism of WhatsApp’s new privacy policy continues. The new decision to forcibly take personal information of people has started to show its effect on the messaging platform. 

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.

It may also be noted that the Signal App does not ask for users’ personal data, which now WhatsApp is doing in the name of the privacy policy. The special feature about the app is that it is fully secure and there is no fear of user data being shared. Means all personal data of the users remain personal.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

6. Effect of Elon Musk’s appeal

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Tesla founder and one of the richest people in the world, Elon Musk recently appealed to the people disturbed by the privacy policy of WhatsApp to use Signal for messaging. After this appeal, people all over the world started uninstalling WhatsApp.