- WhatsApp informed users Wednesday that they would have to start sharing some personal data with its parent company, Facebook, starting February 8.
- Data indicates this helped lead to a huge spike in downloads on the rival encrypted messaging apps Signal and Telegram.
- Signal saw 7.5 million downloads last week, a 4,200% increase on the previous week. Telegram saw 9 million downloads, a 91% increase. India was the biggest source of downloads for both.
- Signal received significant publicity following WhatsApp’s announcement, with public figures including Elon Musk and Edward Snowden endorsing the app as a WhatsApp alternative.
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