With WhatsApps’s latest terms, millions of users are outraged with the policy that states users must feed all their private data to Facebook’s ad engine. This has lead to many users moving a new app called Signal.
WhatsApp update is part of Facebook’s efforts to link the various platforms under their control. The changes will now make it necessary for users to agree to their information being shared with Facebook and its subsidiaries.
The world’s richest man, Elon Musk was in favour of using Signal. He tweeted “Use Signal,” which was enough to convey message to his millions of followers. Musk’s tweet comes after Signal and Telegram messaging apps are seeing a sudden increase in demand due larger rival WhatsApp’s updated terms of service raised eyebrows on social media.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey has also endorsed the app. Jack took to Twitter and shared an image which shows Signal standing on the first position on the top charts list of App Store.
— jack (@jack) January 10, 2021
Signal, the cross-platform encrypted messaging service, has climbed to the top spot in the free apps category of the App Store in multiple countries, including India. Along with India, it became the top downloaded app in Germany, France, Austria, Finland, Hong Kong, and Switzerland as well, as reported by Free Press Journal.
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 per cent 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.