Demand of Signal, Telegram see spike as new WhatsApp terms stir debate

Signal, Telegram demand spike

Users of Whatsapp are left annoyed after the messaging app recently updated its terms and services and privacy policy, sparking fears that the new policies will allow Facebook to spy on them. Notably, WhatsApp’s new terms and privacy policy will come into effect from February 8, 2021, and users who wish to use the app after this date will have to agree to the new terms and privacy policies. If you do not accept these policies, you will not be able to use the app.

WhatsApp, , laid out fresh terms on Wednesday, asking users to agree to let owner Facebook Inc and its subsidiaries collect user data, including their phone number and location.

Some privacy activists questioned the “accept our data grab or get out” move on Twitter, and suggested users to switch to apps like Signal and Telegram.

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.