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WhatsApp loses millions of users (who go to Signal and Telegram)



WhatsApp loses millions of users (who go to Signal and Telegram)

WhatsApp continues to lose users and its competitor applications continue to gain. The current situation is still not the best for the most used messaging application (for now) in the world, which after the publication of the notification that indicated the possibility of sharing certain user data with Facebook generated a wave of protests that led to the mass exodus. to applications like Signal and telegram. A problem so obvious that it convinced WhatsApp to postpone the entry into force of the new conditions from February 8 to May 15.

In the first three weeks of January alone, Signal gained 7.5 million users worldwide, while Telegram did well. 25 million. Users who are probably WhatsApp, which in the meantime has dropped a lot in the ranking of the most downloaded applications from different digital stores. In Italy, too, the messenger went from the top 3 to the fifth place, while in the United Kingdom it went from the eighth to the 23rd. On the other hand, Signal and Telegram have taken a leap forward by joining the group of the most downloaded free applications in the world. world.

Niamh Sweeney himself, WhatsApp’s director of public policy in Europe, explained that he believes that the mass exodus is due to the update of the conditions of service communicated through the notification sent within the application. An update that it was not very clear (the Italian privacy guarantor says so too) in an exchange that touches on a fringe aspect of the user experience and that won’t have a huge impact on people’s privacy. That is why the company has taken longer to communicate this change more clearly, given the acceptance that all users must subscribe to continue using the service.