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With an update, WhatsApp has not only made friends. Many users are now leaving the messenger service.

  • Whatsapp forces its users to be a controversial Update to accept.
  • Data protection at Facebook-Daughter Whatsapp is criticized.
  • In response, numerous are looking Whatsapp-Users at alternative Messenger.

Update from Monday, January 18, 2021, 12:45 p.m .: The users have run away in droves from the WhatsApp messenger service in the past few days. Reason: A controversial forced update. With the new data protection guideline, the users should agree that the Messneger service can use the data of the users in the Facebook empire.

That caused a protest, especially since WhatsApp announced that you have to agree to the new data protection regulations if you want to continue using the chat app. The competition Signal, Threema, Telegram and Co. was pleased - the Messnegers are growing. WhatsApp has now reacted and is rowing back with the forced update: The approval until February 8th was put on hold - at least for the time being.

WhatsApp sells users: Elon Musk recommends an alternative messenger service

First report from Wednesday, January 13th, 2021, 3.39 p.m .: Kassel - The negative headlines about Whatsapp increase. Because of a forced update that is supposed to make data exchange with companies in the Facebook group mandatory, more and more users, some of them celebrities, are turning away. In addition to Tesla boss Elon Musk, the Turkish government also advises Alternatives to Whatsapp to find.

For many users, the alarm lights seem to have gone on, at least the download charts in the App Store and the Google Play Store speak for it.

Response to controversial WhatsApp update: Messenger service signal overloaded

In the meantime it was called on Twitter on the part of WhatsApp, however, that there will be no changes for users in terms of data usage. Accordingly, data should still not be included Facebook Messages are also still sent via, according to the messenger service End-to-end encryption sent.

Despite the statement from Whatsapp, experience the competing products signal other Threema currently a real registration rush. Sometimes even the registration process for the messenger signal was already carried out by Security experts and data protection organizations is recommended to be completely overloaded.

Verification codes are currently delayed across several providers because so many new people are trying to join Signal right now (we can barely register our excitement). We are working with carriers to resolve this as quickly as possible. Hang in there.

- Signal (@signalapp) January 7, 2021

Threema and Telegram benefit from the discussion about WhatsApp

According to their own statements, something similar also happened Threema, a messenger from the Switzerland, from. The messaging service, which is also encrypting, tweeted on Saturday (January 9th, 2021) that the downloads are currently only "skyrocketing".

Also the messenger service Telegram gained around 25 million new users within 72 hours. The Russian app founder Pawel Durow announced on Tuesday (January 12th, 2021) that the platform currently has around 500 million monthly active users. Telegram is thus moving closer to its US competitors Whatsapp approach, which last had around two billion users worldwide.

Whatsapp escape: Elon Musk recommends Signal

Who the new Conditions at Whatsapp does not agree until February 8th and thus grants the app to use data Facebook to share will be the services of the Chat platform can no longer take advantage of this. Although a spokeswoman for Whatsapp announced that there would be no changes in data protection in the EU with the update, users are leaving the most successful Messenger the world already in droves - so also in Germany

Elon Musk recommends the app "signal“, Which in response to his tweet on Thursday (January 7th, 2021) recorded a real rush of users. Not only the number of downloads, but also the share price of a US company with a similar name that has nothing to do with Messenger increased sharply. However, they loaded Messenger app so many people down trying to log in at the same time that it temporarily failed to send verification codes.

After the forced update of #WhatsApp, there is a rush to #messenger competitors like #Signal and #Threemahttps: //t.co/lRLRgzWV9t

- tz (@tzmuenchen) January 10, 2021

Users leave Whatsapp in droves - and log in to alternative messengers

In the download charts of the “Google Play Store” is behind signal currently the app "Telegram". She has been known in Germany for a long time and is also considered a serious one by" Techcrunch "editor Mike Butcher alternative to Whatsapp seen what your own privacy and privacy concerns. For him, however, the signal is the "gold standard" on these points. Further Chat appsHe felt that he should consider “iMessage, Riot, Skype, Viber, Wickr and Wire”.

Use signal

- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021

Next signal other Telegram is also the Swiss Whatsapp alternativeThreema“Soaring - at least with the paid apps. The company reports on Twitter that downloads “because of the Whatsapp- Controversy would skyrocket "." Remember, "it says on Twitter," if you don't pay for a service, you are the product, not the customer. "

Welcome, new Threema users! Due to the #WhatsAppPolicy controversy, our downloads are skyrocketing. 🚀

Remember, if you're not paying for a service, you're the product, not the customer. #RegainPrivacyNow: https://t.co/suY1dI8f41

- Threema (@ThreemaApp) January 9, 2021

In Turkey, meanwhile, they rely on an internal onealternative. The government announced its communications from Whatsapp to relocate to their own messenger “BiP” because “Turkish data should stay in Turkey”, according to the digital officer Ali Taha Koç.

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