One of the biggest changes in the policy came with a move to share all of the user’s information, including but not limited to the mobile network, location, battery percentage etc. with its parent company Facebook, which the user cannot deny to. Facebook has been infamous for its privacy breaches and sharing all of the people’s personal information is really risky, to say the least.
As if that wasn’t enough, Facebook would now have access to the groups and conversations you are a part of, your display picture or your online status on the app too. This makes room for more possibilities than users can permit in ode to their privacy.
This brought in various reactions from across the globe, most of distaste and disappointment, and have made people question the presence of WhatsApp in their life as a threat to their privacy. This called in a long list of discussion on alternative messaging platforms that might be safer and more user-privacy friendly than WhatsApp. One such alternative that has come forward, shining the most among others like Telegram and Threema, is the Signal app.
What is the Signal App?
Well, it will be happier for people to know that Signal’s features resemble that of WhatsApp in some very apparent ways, including features to send private messages in person or in a group, sharing media files, videos and audios as well as placing voice and video calls. What’s more are the features like anti-surveillance tool, disappearing messages and onscreen privacy options.
With Tesla taking over Facebook in the list of most valuable companies and Facebook being in trouble for the US Capitol incident, The Tesla co-founder Elon Musk has engaged in some healthy competition with Facebook over Twitter and has created whirls in the market. The wealthiest person in the world, Elon Musk’s tweet urging users to switch over to Signal owing to Facebook’s longstanding privacy concerns and user data. This has since surged the downloads of the Signal app to a great extent. Facebook has lost more than a billion in share prices in the first week of 2021.
Even though we might take a little time getting used to the app’s unique name, for what it’s worth, the Signal app may prove to be a better and safer alternative to WhatsApp. It is satisfactory to think that even if Facebook wouldn’t take these over-the-line policies back, competitive markets have paved a way for consumers to be not exploited by the hands of monopolists and we still have options that value user privacy and consent over revenues.