Whatsapp No More? Messaging App Ditched for Signal After Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey's Endorsement

Published January 11th, 2021 - 09:45 GMT
Whatsapp No More? Messaging App Ditched for Signal After Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey's Endorsement
Whatsapp users have been required to agree to a new set of regulations and terms including allowing the app to share data with Facebook. (Shutterstock: @Spirit Boom Cat)

Digital freedoms and privacy have been amongst the most discussed topics online this week, starting from conservative internet users calling for boycotts in protest of social media platforms banning accounts of outgoing US President Donald Trump. Yet, another call to boycott the world's most used messaging app Whatsapp has been endorsed by Tesla's Elon Musk and Twitter's Jack Dorsey, following changes to the apps privacy terms.

Recently, Whatsapp users have been required to agree to a new set of regulations and terms including allowing the app to share data with Facebook, triggering a wave of criticism over what has been described "as an attempt to undermine users' privacy. "

Even though this is not the first time Whatsapp and Facebook have faced accusations of mismanaging data shared by users, the current call to boycott the application has been supported by two endorsements from two of the most famous figures in the tech world; the founder and CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey, in addition to the world's richest man Elon Musk.

Musk called on his 42 million followers to start using Signal, suggesting that the alternative messaging app offers greater protection for users' information, including E2E encryption and other features that block other users from taking screenshots of private messages.

Responding to the growing number of calls, thousands of Twitter users reported having switched to using Signal, posting screenshots of the app installed on their phones. Consequently, Signal's shares surged by over 500% last Thursday.


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