Due to poor updates of WhatsApp terms and services, 33 million users have decided to leave WhatsApp and opted to use other messaging apps such as Telegram and Signal.
33 Million Users Leave WhatsApp for Signal and Telegram!
According to the figures shared by the UK Parliaments home affairs committee, Signal has gained 8 million users worldwide during the first three weeks of January, and Telegram has gained nearly 25 million users. A total number of 33 million people left Whatsapp.
The increase appears to have cost Whatsapp expense in both cases.
Rise of Signal
Whatsapp was falling from the eighth most downloaded app in the UK but at the beginning of January to the 23rd by 12th January, as shown by Annie through data tracked by the analytics firm app. On 6th January, Signal was not even listed on the top 1,000 apps in the UK. Still, till 9th January, it was the most downloaded app in the UK.
The exodus caused was believed to be related to updating the company’s new terms and services. It was told to the home affairs committee by Niamh Sweeney, the director of Whatsapp public policy for the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
Shifting quickly was consequential; there types of shifts in social networking app and messaging apps are not unusual, as stated by App Annie’s director of market insights named Amir Ghodrati.
Messaging apps that give privacy features had the best engagement growth during 2020. The privacy features ranging from end to end encrypted data transfer to self destruct Apps like Telegram and Signal offer messages. The shifting towards more privacy-focused messaging apps had been built before the WhatsApp public relations disaster.
Telegram provides an option for secret chats that is end to end encrypted. There is an option that a user can actively select for each contact.