Whatsapp hands out against Telegram with the adoption of new data protection guidelines

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One month after changes in the privacy policy caused panic, Whatsapp is now trying to get users back on its side. In January, the company sent users a notification asking them to agree to an updated privacy policy, otherwise their access to the app would be blocked.

This privacy policy really only concerned how the platform would handle data from messages sent to business user accounts in the future. However, many users thought that this would mean that their data would be increasingly shared with the Whatsapp parent company Facebook.

Whatsapp then postponed the approval period for this new privacy policy. The company also published a blog post on Thursday in which it stated that it would again urge users to agree to these new guidelines. Instead of a pop-up notification, this time around, WhatsApp will just display a banner at the top of the app that users can click for a more in-depth explanation of the exact changes.

Whatsapp criticizes supposedly safer competitors like Telegram

In this blog post, Whatsapp also gives a swipe at competing apps, which have won an enormous number of users after the data protection panic last month: “At these times, we understand that some people try other apps to see what they are have to offer. We’ve seen some of our competitors try to get away with claiming they can’t see users’ messages – if an app doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption by default, it means they can read your messages “.

Whatsapp did not name the said competitors, but it is known that the two largest messaging apps that benefited from the privacy panic in January were Signal and Telegram. Signal downloads rose 4,200 percent in the four days following the panic-inducing Whatsapp notification, with 7.5 million new downloads. Telegram was able to gain 25 million new users within 72 hours, exceeding the 500 million download mark.

While Signal is end-to-end encrypted as standard, this is not the case with Telegram. Whatsapp appeared to refer to these services indirectly in its blog post by writing, “Other apps say they are better because they have even less information than WhatsApp. We believe people are looking for apps that are both reliable and secure, even if that requires Whatsapp to have some data. “

Signal and Telegram collect less metadata about users than Whatsapp, which experts say makes them better messenger services for people who want to protect their privacy.

This text has been translated from English. You can find the original here.


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