With the latest concerns regarding data privacy, Telegram and Signal are the two platforms consumers are embracing leaving WhatsApp, with installs surging for both of them.
“We are committed to your privacy.”
“WhatsApp can’t read or listen to your personal conversations they’re end-to-end encrypted.”
“WhatsApp can’t see your shared location.”
“WhatsApp doesn’t share your contacts with Facebook.”
These were the four messages the popular instant messaging app owned by Facebook posted from its official account as status to allay fears of the users who have suddenly become very concerned about the data protection and many of them are switching to Telegram and Signal, which has suddenly came into limelight, especially after the Tweet by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
WhatsApp: Free or not?
In the last over half a decade, WhatsApp has become essentially the most used instant communication platform. If you don’t use WhatsApp, you are like in incommunicado ground. Since its inception, WhatsApp has claimed that security and data privacy are at its core DNA. The free, easy-to-use instant messaging app certainly has been the most popular one in the domain, and for valid reasons. Despite several rumors that it won’t be free anymore, the company has claimed that its service will remain free.
However, the users are recognizing now that despite shelling out money to use the app, there is still a price attached to the service it is offering. Data it is, the new gold of the 21st century.
Probably 99.99% (As the soap and antiseptic ads claim about their germ-killing capability) users don’t read those small fine print of the terms of the services, not only for WhatsApp but for anything. However, if someone reads the new terms of WhatsApp carefully, he or she will find that these are mandatory and that’s what made all the differences.
WhatsApp: To use or not to use
If it has to be decided whether we will continue using WhatsApp or not. There are a couple of things to consider.
If we look at the long-term effect, it is never going to be the same again for WhatsApp. You want it or not, the instant messaging app will now move towards a different dimension, where it will focus on monetisation, if not by making the app a paid one, through offering the businesses a platform for sure. However, with the new fiasco, WhatsApp will find it difficult to regain the users’ trust that it has lost in the last couple of days.