WhatsApp is now facing flak for its new terms of services that go live on February 8. It describes how WhatsApp shares your information to Facebook, and users need to acknowledge these terms or lose access to their account. This has naturally caused a stir among WhatsApp users who are now flocking to the privacy-focused messaging app, Signal. It is now the top free app in Apple’s App Store in several countries including India.
Signal recently tweeted the App Store diagrams for top free applications where it currently sits at the top position. Signal has managed to beat WhatsApp for the best position in India, Germany, France, Austria, Finland, Hong Kong, and Switzerland. Signal turned into the top free application in the Google Play Store too in Hungary and Germany.
Reuters revealed that data from Sensor Tower showed Signal was downloaded by in excess of 100,000 peoples on Android and iOS devices over the most recent two days. It added that new installs of WhatsApp fell by 11% in the first week of 2021. All things being equal, WhatsApp actually made sure about around 10.5 million downloads globally.
Signal has been seeing a spike in downloads and users as peoples search for WhatsApp choices. Its sudden rise in popularity can be attributed to Elon Musk’s one tweet telling people to use Signal which also made the messaging app run out of verification codes. Musk’s tweet was also retweeted by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
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It’s actually going to take long for Signal to catch up to WhatsApp which has over 1.4 billion users around the world. What’s more, we’ll need to wait and watch if this really supports, and if it causes a dent to WhatsApp’s dominance.