For example, Telegram added tens of millions of users within a few days. According to Business Insider, the Dubai-based company, historically positioned as one of WhatsApp’s main competitors, added 25 million new users in 72 hours. In addition, Telegram now has more than 500 million users.
The number of signal users has also increased
Plus, like Telegram, Signal has also increased the number of users. Signal is often considered one of the most secure apps out there. The encryption protocol was adopted by other organizations, and the service was also recommended by Edward Snowden.
When Elon Musk recently became the richest man in the world, he shared a meme linking the creation of Facebook to the invasion of the Capitol in Washington DC. The Tesla boss then shared a tweet encouraging people to use Signal.
As a result, the number of new registrations for this application suddenly increased. And for a brief period of time, the new sign-up SMS verification mechanism was slowed down due to this sudden surge in signups.
In the meantime, Facebook is reassuring users
Given this controversy over the new WhatsApp Terms of Service, Facebook is trying to sort things out. In a blog post, the group ensures that the confidentiality of personal messages has not changed.
“Neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can read your messages or listen to calls on WhatsApp with your friends, family and co-workers. No matter what you share, it stays between you and the people you choose to share it with. “we read in this post.
Facebook also ensures that no history of recipients of messages and calls is saved on WhatsApp and that the application cannot see the geographic location of the users. Contacts are not shared with Facebook and groups are always private.
What is changing is that WhatsApp “works together” with Facebook for commercial messages and thus for interactions with companies via instant messaging.
Changes affecting interactions with companies (not friends)
“Every day, millions of people around the world communicate securely using WhatsApp with companies of all sizes. We want to improve commercial messaging to make it easier to send messages to businesses. We will always be clear on WhatsApp when communicating with other companies that use these features. “shows the ticket.
The group mentions Facebook’s hosting service. “Some large companies need to use hosting services to manage their communications. For this reason, we offer companies the opportunity to use Facebook’s secure hosting services to manage WhatsApp chats with their customers, answer questions and send useful information such as proof of payment. “, also shows the post that was published in the WhatsApp FAQ.
It also brings out new commercial functions. “With Facebook’s business functions like stores, some companies display their products directly on WhatsApp so that users can see what’s on sale. If you choose to interact with stores, your shopping activity allows you to personalize your shopping experience and the ads you see on Facebook and Instagram. These functions are optional and if you use them we will tell you within the app how your data will be shared with Facebook. “the company states.