Signal and Telegram downloads surge after WhatsApp says it will share data with Facebook

published 12.01.2021 06:41

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Signal reported last week that verification codes sent to users via text message to start using the app were delayed because of high demand.

GUANGZHOU, China — Downloads of privacy-focused messaging apps Signal and Telegram got a boost as users looked for alternatives to Facebook -owned WhatsApp over concerns about changes to the service's privacy policy.

Despite the surge in Signal and Telegram downloads, WhatsApp has not seen a decline, according to Adam Blacker, vice president of insights at Apptopia.

"Even those who are downloading and using Signal or Telegram will continue to use WhatsApp as that is where most of their friends and family are.

They may start to talk to certain people on Signal but still chat with their mom on WhatsApp."

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