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The WhatsApp trap

Netizens are going crazy over the new WhatsApp privacy policy from posting memes to criticizing the new policy, there's a lot of news to catch up on and that's why we are here to give you the exact updates you need.





Why are people angry over the new privacy policy?


The Facebook-owned messenger app said that as part of the policy update, it will share user data with other Facebook companies i.e. WhatsApp will share its users' personal information, including phone numbers, IP addresses, contacts, & more with Facebook from Feb. 8, according to the new T&Cs.


Some privacy activists questioned the "accept our data grab or get out" move on Twitter, and suggested users to switch to apps like Signal and Telegram.





This takes us to the next question, what is the better alternative?


There are few alternatives like telegram and signal which is similar to WhatsApp but also has way more extra features.


Recently Elon musk tweeted use Signal after the no of downloads of telegram and signal increased rapidly due to the WhatsApp privacy policy. But before you listen to anyone else, we'll give you certain insights about both telegram and Signal.


Telegram


Telegram app offers so many features that it’s incredible. Similar to WhatsApp, you get the basics such as chats, group chats, and channels. However, unlike WhatsApp’s 256 member limit, Telegram brings support for groups with up to 200,000 members. It also offers multiple group-specific features such as bots, polls, quizzes, hashtags, and a lot more which can make group experiences a lot more fun.

The app also offers a unique feature, self-destructing messages (like Snapchat) which is great if you’re sending messages that you don’t want to remain on the recipient’s device for eternity. The size limit for sharing files on Telegram is a whopping 1.5 GB. The app now has both voice and video call on Android and iOS devices, which is great because video call support was a big omission from the app.

Signal


Signal offers its users secure messaging, voice, and video calls and all communications are end-to-end encrypted. Further, you can create groups, however, you don’t have the option to broadcast messages to multiple contacts at once. Plus, Signal has recently added support for group calling as well.

It has a feature similar to the self-destructing messages of Telegram. The best feature of Signal is “Note to Self”. Unlike WhatsApp, you don’t have to create a single-member group to send notes to yourself. On Signal, the feature is available natively and you can jot down your thoughts and ideas while messaging with your friends and family.

Apart from that, Signal allows you to relay voice calls to its servers so your identity remains concealed from your contacts. The feature is somewhat similar to what a VPN does. There are also emojis and some privacy stickers, but they are very limited in comparison to WhatsApp and Telegram.

Here is a link which gives you more details on the above comparison.

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