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Best WhatsApp alternative messaging Apps to join

The recent changes on WhatsApp privacy policies have seen a massive shift to other WhatsApp alternative messaging Apps. A large number of people are now looking for alternative messaging Apps they can use as they ditch WhatApp.

The controversial policy aims at giving WhatsApp more authority to access and share your private details such as location and phone number with its parent companies Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.

The company tried to reassure users by saying in a blog post that WhatsApp cannot see their private messages or hear their calls, and neither can Facebook.

“We don’t keep logs of who everyone is messaging or calling. We can’t see your shared location and neither can Facebook,” it added.

Location data along with message contents is encrypted end-to-end, according to WhatsApp.

But other metadata such as call records, location, financial information etc may be shared if you are using WhatsApp.

As the policy takes effect, WhatsApp users outside Europe who do not accept the new conditions before February 8 will be cut off from the messaging app.

So, suppose you are uncomfortable with the new conditions, which alternatives can you opt for;

Here are top Apps that WhatsApp users are migrating to

WhatsApp alternatives
  1. Telegram

Telegram is encrypted messaging apps, which ensures better privacy. Telegram does not allow outsiders or the platform itself to see the content of the messages.

Ever since the announcement on the privacy policy by WhatsApp, Telegram has seen over 2.2 million new downloads worldwide. This is according to Sensor Tower a data analytics firm.

  1. Signal

Signal is another encrypted messaging apps, which ensures better privacy as well. Signal does not allow outsiders or the platform itself to see the content of the messages. More than 100,000 users installed Signal across the app stores of Apple and Google in the last two days.

Other notable alternatives include;

  • Snapchat
  • Bridgefy
  • Discord
  • Kik
  • Skype
  • Keybase
  • Viber
  • Wechat
  • Threema
  • Palscity

In an effort to try and clear their name WhatsApp stated that their privacy policy does not affect the privacy of your messages or the people around you.

“Our privacy policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family.” WhatsApp Privacy twitter page handle reported.

“We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption.” WhatsApp stated.

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