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Why Is Everybody Ditching WhatsApp?

A few days ago, billions of WhatsApp user around the world received a controversial notification stating that by February 18 2021,  it users must accept the new Privacy Policy or risk losing access to their WhatsApp accounts.

“By tapping Agree, you accept the new terms, which take effect on February 8, 2021,” the notification states.“After this date, you’ll need to accept the new terms to continue using WhatsApp. You can also visit the Help Center if you would prefer to delete your account."

This new terms will require the collection of data such as phone number, battery level, browser information, signal strength, mobile network, app version, connection information, language and time zone, IP address, device operations information and many more.

According to a WhatsApp spokesperson, this comes as part of the disclosed move to allow all business to store and manage WhatsApp chats and information using Facebook's infrastructure. This policy means that deleting your app will not prevent WhatsApp from retaining a user’s private data.

They also state that “When you delete your account, it does not affect your information related to the groups you created or the information other users have relating to you, such as their copy of the messages you sent them.”

What are the Alternatives?

This move has caused huge controversy, leading users to leave WhatsApp and find a new alternative like Telegram and Signal.

Telsa and SpaceX founder Elon Musk also told users on Twitter to switch to Signal, a cross-platform encrypted messaging service developed by the Signal Foundation. Signal was co-founded by Brian Acton, the WhatsApp co-founder who has publicly criticized Facebook’s privacy practices.

So what's your take on this, will you be ditching WhatsApp too?

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