Millions Switch to Telegram and Signal after the Big Update by WhatsApp

Due to privacy concerns and growing anxiety over the power of the biggest tech companies, encrypted messaging services have become the world’s hottest apps.

People all over the world use mobile applications for nearly every purpose, starting from messaging, games, services to online banking and much more.

Millions have moved to Signal and Telegram due to recent changes by WhatsApp. Over the past week, millions of people have downloaded both apps highlighting huge hike in its usage.

Signal just like WhatsApp allows messages to be sent with “end-to-end encryption,” meaning only the sender and receiver can read the content.

Telegram on the other hand, offers some encrypted messaging options, but is popular for its special feature of group-based chat rooms where people can communicate and talk about several topics.

WhatsApp’s new update resulted in mass migration that, if it keeps happening, could weaken the power of Facebook and other big tech companies.

On Tuesday, according to Telegram more than 25 million users were added over the previous three days, pushing it to over 500 million users.

According to estimates from Apptopia, On Monday alone, nearly 1.3 million users were added on Signal.

Nearly all of Signal’s new user adoption is coming from outside the United States. As of Wednesday, the company said it was the No. 1 app in 70 countries on iOS devices and in 45 countries on Android devices, with India being one of the biggest areas of new user growth.

For both Signal and Telegram, new installations came from users in Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil and dozens of other countries, based on data from Apptopia.

Even for businesses WhatsApp is a popular app for marketing purposes, but due to this new privacy user update. They are already looking for alternatives to spread their word.

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