WhatsApp Announced it Would Force Users to Share Personal Data With Facebook

WhatsApp’s rivals got a massive boost after the messaging app announced last week that it would make users share some personal data with its parent company, Facebook.

Summary:
• Signal downloads skyrocketed 4,200% after WhatsApp announced it would force users to share personal data with Facebook.

• Signal is top of both Google and Apple’s app stores.

• WhatsApp informed users Wednesday that they would have to start sharing some personal data with its parent company, Facebook, starting February 8.

• Data indicates this helped drive a huge spike in downloads on the rival encrypted messaging app Signal, which on Wednesday topped Google and Apple’s app stores

• Signal saw 7.5 million downloads last week, a 4,200% increase on the previous week. Telegram, a similar app, saw 9 million downloads, a 91% increase. India was the biggest source of downloads for both.

• Signal received significant publicity following WhatsApp’s anouncement, with public figures WhatsApp’s rivals got a massive boost after the messaging app announced last week that it would make users share some personal data with its parent company, Facebook.

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