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Telegram's meme fest on WhatsApp's updated privacy policy is getting wild: Here's why we don't like it

WhatsApp last week updated its privacy policy that will go into effect from February 8. Telegram has been sharing memes on Twitter trying to convince users that it is a better platform.

twitter-logoKetan Pratap | January 11, 2021 | Updated 14:33 IST
Telegram shares meme on Twitter taking a jibe at WhatsApp
Telegram shares meme on Twitter taking a jibe at WhatsApp

Highlights

  • Telegram and Signal are seeing many new users joining the platforms as WhatsApp announced the latest update to its privacy policy.
  • Signal over the weekend became the top free app on the App Store beating WhatsApp.
  • Telegram has over 400 million active users.

WhatsApp has been in the news for all the wrong reasons ever since the company announced its privacy policy update. Many users are outraged by the updated WhatsApp privacy policy, which will help Facebook feed ads to users across the company apps - Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger.

Some WhatsApp users are confused about the new privacy policy going by several public posts on Twitter and Facebook. They cannot decide whether to continue using the widely used messaging app or to look for other alternatives like Telegram and Signal.

While this has been good news for rival messaging apps as these have seen a rise in downloads. For example, Signal shot to fame in no time and quickly cashed in on the opportunity and is currently the top free app in App Store in India, beating WhatsApp.

On the other hand, Telegram is celebrating meme fest on Twitter trying to roast WhatsApp where it has started looking more desperate than funny. Telegram has been around for some years and has over 400 million active users. It offers unique features like customisable themes, up to 2GB file sharing, location-based groups, messages storing on the cloud, self-destruct messages, bots, and more despite Telegram is behind WhatsApp in terms of downloads and active users by a mile. However, WhatsApp's updated policy has given Telegram a window to onboard new users who do not like to share personal details.

Here are some tweets from Telegram's official handle

WhatsApp privacy policy: What is it and when it goes into effect

While there's no way to backtrack from the new WhatsApp privacy policy as it goes into effect from February 8 and any user who does not accept it will no longer be able to use the messaging app.

WhatsApp has listed the information it will collect going forward; however, users in the European region can opt-out of the new privacy policy.

Interestingly, data exchange between the parent Facebook and WhatsApp was already happening. However, the new privacy policy hints at a deeper integration that includes device-level info like device and connection-specific information. For those unaware, WhatsApp now automatically collects location-based information even if a user does not use the app's location-related features. The company clarifies that it uses IP addresses and other information like phone number area codes to estimate a user's general location.

"The update does not change WhatsApp's data-sharing practices with Facebook and WhatsApp remains deeply committed to protecting people's privacy," a WhatsApp spokesperson defended the updated privacy policy a few days back.

Telegram needs to fix one big issue first

No service is perfect. But Telegram has to acknowledge and fix a huge issue. Telegram is the top resource of pirated content on the Internet, and it's not hidden. Thanks to the capability to share huge files, users on Telegram can easily share movies, shows, and more that are less than 2GB.

We have been using Telegram for several years now and agree that its cross-platform seamless switch is unmatchable, but at the same time, it is hard to get all the contacts to use Telegram instead of WhatsApp. This might take some time, but this could be an excellent start to that trend.

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