Messaging apps Signal and Telegram have recorded a boost in downloads after WhatsApp announced new data sharing policies for users.
WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, announced that it will be requiring users on its WhatsApp for Business platform to allow them to share data with Facebook. Originally, many believed this to include private WhatsApp users, but WhatsApp later clarified that this was not the case.
However, this announcement still concerned many and brought Facebook’s overarching power to the forefront.
As a result, many are debating on other platforms such as Twitter whether they are going to hop over to alternate messaging apps such as Signal or Telegram.
According to Moneyweb, 100,000 users installed Signal since Thursday, January 7 and there have been 2.2 million downloads of Telegram.
Signal received specific attention as both Edward Snowden and Elon Musk tweeted about the platform as an alternative to WhatsApp.
What are Signal and Telegram?
Signal is a messaging app that focuses on the privacy of users as its core mission. It uses end-to-end encryption which runs on an open-source protocol, so users can look into exactly how it works.
Telegram on the other hand is also encrypted but there are other concerns such as its servers all sitting in Russia, where the app was developed.