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Shortly after, users started looking for WhatsApp alternative apps such as Telegram and Signal, and many of them removed WhatsApp due to privacy concerns.
Signal’s downloads skyrocketed after WhatsApp controversy and Elon Musk’s ‘Use Signal’ tweet. The app’s category rankings increased by 750% in a very short period.
The company released another blog post yesterday and announced it will move ahead with the controversial policy and provide more information to ‘clear up any confusion’.
‘’In the coming weeks, we’ll display a banner in WhatsApp providing more information that people can read at their own pace. We’ve also included more information to try and address concerns we’re hearing. Eventually, we’ll start reminding people to review and accept these updates to keep using WhatsApp,’’ said the company in the blog post.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp also criticized its rivals that claim they don’t read messages or they are better than WhatsApp.
‘’During this time, we understand some people may check out other apps to see what they have to offer,’’ said WhatsApp. ‘’We’ve seen some of our competitors try to get away with claiming they can’t see people’s messages – if an app doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption by default that means they can read your messages.’’
‘’Other apps say they’re better because they know even less information than WhatsApp.’’
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