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WhatsApp’s privacy policy explained: Why messaging app’s users are porting to Signal, Telegram

WhatsApp's new terms of service and privacy policies, which were updated earlier this week, are causing a migration of the messaging application's user base to more privacy-oriented options such as Signal. Some are even mulling moving to Telegram. Acceptance of the new policies, which users are being alerted to via in-app notifications, is mandatory, failing which users would lose access to WhatsApp from February 8, 2021. The new policies allow for a closer integration of WhatsApp into the larger Facebook ecosystem and group of companies. It is worth noting that WhatsApp's users in the European Union are exempted from the sharing their data with Facebook (more on this below). Multiple users on social media platforms, including Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, have called for the use of apps such as Signal. Signal, in fact, experienced a temporary slowdown, with users…

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