For users who have not yet complied with the terms of this policy, the process of gradually blocking features by WhatsApp will begin in the next few weeks.
Even for them, they will not be able to send or receive any message, call or notification in WhatsApp and even if they do not accept the policy, their account may be deleted after 4 months.
Since then, WhatsApp users have been turning to other messaging apps.
According to data from app analytics company Sensor Tower, apparently, anti-policy WhatsApp users are turning to 2 apps Signal and Telegram.
According to the data, the global Signal app download rate between January and April 2021 was 1192% higher than the same period last year and was downloaded more than 64.6 million times.
During the same period, the number of telegram installations increased by 98% over the same period last year to more than 160 million.
In comparison, January to April 2021 saw a 43% drop in WhatsApp install rates compared to the same period last year.
The three apps, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal, are almost identical.
In all three, calls, video chats, and text messages can be sent for free worldwide.
All three apps are cross-platform and provide encryption.
The main difference between the three is the collection of consumer data.
In January 2021, a Twitter user stated in a chart how much data Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp, iMessage, and Facebook Messenger collect about users.
— Zak Doffman (@UKZak) January 14, 2021
The signal is an app that does not collect any data related to users while iMessage and Telegram also collect very little data.
Then there is WhatsApp, which collects users’ purchase history, location, contact information, user content, user ID, device ID, email address, phone number, payment info, and other data.
Facebook Messenger’s chart indicates that it collects details of everything related to the user, which you will be amazed to see.
WhatsApp and Facebook can’t access these chats or contacts, but that doesn’t mean WhatsApp lacks user data, but it does know a lot about you.
According to the company, it collects customer details to provide better services to customers.
WhatsApp is still sharing account information with Facebook, such as phone numbers, how long the app has been used, and how often.
Other details such as IP address, operating system, browser details, battery health information, app version, mobile network, language, and time zone are also shared with Facebook.