WhatsApp, reportedly using the encryption technology of Signal, is currently making plans to help it’s parent company, Facebook and its subsidiaries to gather user information, including their phone numbers and locations.
Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and Space X, and now the world’s richest man, shortly after the Facebook-owned firm revealed its terms of service, recommended his followers to use Signal, a cross-platform encrypted messaging service.
Signal explains via its Twitter Official handle that;
“Neither we, nor anyone else, will read your messages or listen to your calls. Privacy is not an extra mode, it’s how to operate the signal.”
Signal and Telegram messaging applications have seen a sudden rise in demand following Musk’s post.
Furthermore, according to data analytics company, Sensor Tower, Signal was downloaded more than 100,000 times on Google’s play store and Apple’s app store in the last two days. On the other hand, Telegram picked up almost 2.2 million downloads.
In the first seven days of 2021, fresh WhatsApp installs dropped by 11 percent compared with the previous week. However, these figures still amounted to an estimation of 10.5 million downloads globally, Sensor Tower said.
WhatsApp will start gathering and exchanging user data, including location information, IP addresses, handset type, OS, battery level, signal power, browser, mobile network, ISP, language, time zone, and even IMEI, beginning on February 8th.