Since the update, there has been a lot of conversation on the internet about WhatsApp sharing user information with Facebook. Many users on Twitter have been getting around one another into getting off WhatsApp and making a shift to other encrypted messaging platforms like Signal and Telegram. SpaceX, Tesla, and Boring Company CEO Elon Musk joined the talk too, seeking people to leave WhatsApp. Late two nights before, he posted on Twitter, “Use Signal”.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
— Michael Weissbacher (@mweissbacher) January 7, 2021
— Selvadurai Muthupachaiyappan (@selvaduraimuthu) January 5, 2021
Messaging app Signal has now also responded to the ongoing conversation about deleting WhatsApp.
There are no Terms of Service for a mother’s love.https://t.co/uWaguxLtVy
— Signal (@signalapp) January 7, 2021
Unlike WhatsApp, messengers like Signal and Telegram do not share users’ data. The new iOS 14 privacy feature even makes it easy for users to find out how apps share their data.
TechCrunch editor Mike Butcher recently tweeted about how Signal and Telegram are now better alternatives if you are concerned about your privacy.
WhatsApp will share its users’ personal information, including phone numbers, IP addresses, contacts, & more with Facebook from Feb. 8, according to the new T&Cs. No opt-out. The only way to object is to leave the service & move to a service like Signal or Telegram. https://t.co/FbGcq5T3JB
— Mike Butcher (@mikebutcher) January 6, 2021
The screenshots in the tweet compare how the different apps utilize user data. Of the four, the two Facebook platforms – WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger – share purchases, location, contacts, identifiers, financial information, and others from users. Signal and Telegram, on the other hand, use no data linked to users.