Why is there a huge user churn with the messaging app WhatsApp?
WhatsApp clarifies privacy practices after surge in Signal and Telegram users --The Verge
Donald Trump's supporters attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, and many services such as Facebook and Twitter continue to make radical remarks. Trump and his supporters It is accelerating the movement that keeps out. This reveals that conservatives and far-right users who are afraid to delete their posts are migrating to messaging apps that are securely encrypted and less likely to be known. I am.
In particular, the number of downloads is increasing for Signal , which is said to be the 'most confidential and safe messenger app', and Telegram , where messages are encrypted and deleted after a certain period of time. Since the attack on the Capitol, Signal downloads have increased by 677% and Telegram has increased by 146%.
According to Telegram founder Pavel Durov, Telegram was flooded with 25 million new users in just 72 hours.
Also, CEO Elon Musk, known as the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, tweeted 'Let's use Signal', which seems to have accelerated the transition of users.
Use Signal— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
However, in reality, 'There is no worry that the message content of WhatsApp will be peeped.' To appeal this fact, WhatsApp publishes FAQs on official Twitter etc., clarifying that the message content is 100% protected by end-to-end encryption.
We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption. Pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98MP— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
In 2018, it was reported that Facebook signed a data sharing contract with a Chinese company, which is also thought to have contributed to the urge to leave WhatsApp.