tech2 News StaffJan 08, 2021 17:29:22 IST
Since the update, there has been a lot of conversation on the internet about WhatsApp sharing user information with Facebook. Many users on Twitter have been coaxing one another into getting off WhatsApp and making a shift to other encrypted messenger like Signal and Telegram. Tesla, SpaceX and Boring Company CEO Elon Musk joined in the conversation too, asking people to leave WhatsApp. Late last night, he posted on Twitter, “Use Signal”.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
— Afzal Ahmed | Digital Marketer (@DigitalAfzal) January 7, 2021
privacy is an illusion in digital world pic.twitter.com/3Cj60u4nfd
— Daman (@askdaman) January 6, 2021
— Michael Weissbacher (@mweissbacher) January 7, 2021
— Selvadurai Muthupachaiyappan (@selvaduraimuthu) January 5, 2021
Unlike WhatsApp, messengers like Signal and Telegram do not share users data. The new iOS 14 privacy feature even make it easy for users to find out how apps share their data.
TechCrunch editor Mike Butcher recently tweeted about how Signal and Telegram are now better alternatives if you are concerned about your privacy.
Signal and Telegram are now better alternatives if you are concerned about your privacy. Here’s what a Facebook wants out of you on WhatsApp and it’s own site: pic.twitter.com/uBN5g9ufgx
— Mike Butcher (@mikebutcher) January 7, 2021
The screenshots in the tweet compare how the different apps utilise user data. Of the four, the two Facebook platforms – WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger – share purchases, location, contacts, identifiers, financial information and others from users. Signal and Telegram, on the other hand use no data linked to users.