Whatsapp and Privacy. Do they sound off to you now in a single sentence?
WhatsApp faces backlash
Due to privacy issues, many users migrated to Signal, which is a more privacy focused messaging app. Many also snitched to Telegram as it is a feature-rich app.
Should we migrate to other apps?
There is no such need to switch WhatsApp to other apps as it is used primarily for communication. Signal too offers end-to-end encryption. It has a number of features that WhatsApp offers, but group video calling is still in the beta stage. It lacks few convenience that WhatsApp offer to its user such as the ability to back up chats.
Another encrypted messaging app is Telegram similar to WhatsApp. It is more evolved than Signal because it has been in use since 2013. Telegram groups can be made visible to all or kept private.
The biggest advantage of WhatsApp is that everyone on your contact list is using it. On Signal, you have to go looking for users to chat with. Switching apps will only make sense if everyone decides to move conversations to other app. If you are thinking of quitting WhatsApp but continue using Facebook products then it will be pointless.
Frequently asked Questions
If you have an account on Facebook?
For your personal chats, there will be no changes. But if you are engaged in conversations with a business, you might start seeing related ads and other company products such as Instagram on Facebook.
If you don't have an account on Facebook?
Nothing really changes for you as you cannot see ads on Facebook.
If you have a large following?
WhatsApp still remains a secure platform for all personal conversations with individuals and groups. However, it might be a good idea to be cautious while using the business features as people could have access to your preferences.
If you don't have a large following?
Your WhatsApp conversations remain end-to-end encrypted.