This declaration provoked WhatsApp users to break into an uproar, demanding to detach from the app and join with its market rival, Signal or Telegram. Of course, this turned out to be pleasant news for WhatsApp rival – Signal and Telegram.
Even the SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he suggests users to quit Facebook messenger and opt for Signal instead. Signal’s Twitter bio reads, “Say ‘hello’ to privacy.” Many WhatsApp users are now looking for a procedure to move their group chats to Signal. The Tweet message further reads that the best way to start the message shift is to use the Signal Group Link. The demand to join Signal went so high in these few days that users faced a delay in receiving authentication code.
While the WhatsApp vs. Signal battle took the internet by a storm, Telegram stepped into the controversy. They shared a meme of Spider-Man. The imaged showed two Spider-Mans pointing at each other, but their heads were replaced by WhatsApp and Facebook icons. The meaning of the meme was quite clear that Facebook and WhatsApp are the same at the end of the day.
The present situation of WhatsApp users
Though the internet suffered turmoil, WhatsApp users stormed the social media faced an alternative chatting app demand, millions of users are still using WhatsApp in full swing. Even the new privacy concerns could not stop the netizens from uploading rude memes on social media.
After the Signal Roast and backlash from Telegram, WhatsApp has opened up about its privacy policies. They clarified that WhatsApp would not be sharing any personal messages or information of their users with their parent company, Facebook. They further informed that users would get an option to opt-out of the new messenger features if they do not feel confident about the new policies.
WhatsApp plans to store all its user messages in a US-based social media platform, and every data will be preserved securely.
WhatsApp will offer businesses the choice of storing their professional communication with a Facebook hosting facility. Facebook has a secured storage facility with cloud hosting, so your data is sure to remain protected. However, Facebook might use user data for marketing purposes. Users might opt out of it or join a subscription with Facebook Shops.
Final thoughts on WhatsApp vs. Telegram vs. Signal battle