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People desert WhatsApp over fears personal data will now be shared with Facebook after users alerted to new changes

People desert WhatsApp over fears personal data will now be shared with Facebook after users alerted to new changes

DROVES of people are reportedly ditching WhatsApp for its rival apps after users were told they must share sensitive personal data with Facebook —&nbs

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DROVES of people are reportedly ditching WhatsApp for its rival apps after users were told they must share sensitive personal data with Facebook — or have their account closed.

Millions of users of have jumped ship to Telegram and Signal in the past week amid fears over their privacy, according to data analytics firm Sensor Tower.

WhatsApp users are believed to be deserting it after the bombshell annoucement

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WhatsApp users are believed to be deserting it after the bombshell annoucementCredit: Pacific Coast News

WhatsApp, which uses Signal’s encryption technology, laid out fresh terms on Wednesday, asking users to agree to let owner Facebook Inc and its subsidiaries collect user data.

This includes account information like your phone number, logs of how long and how often you use WhatsApp, information about how you interact with other users.

Other data that could be shared are device identifiers, and other device details like IP address, operating system, browser details, battery health information, app version, mobile network, language and time zone.

But privacy activists questioned the “accept our data grab or get out” move on Twitter, and suggested users to switch to apps like Signal and Telegram.

We’ve updated our policy to be transparent

WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart

In the wake of the new terms of conditions, people took to Twitter to say they were leaving WhatsApp.

One said: “I have uninstalled Whatsapp and start using Telegram.

“Highly recommended for privacy seekers.”

Another said: “Starting in Feb, WhatsApp will begin sharing all kinds of data with Facebook.

“They just killed their best feature privacy.”

Elon Musk, who has one of most followed accounts on twitter, advised: “Use Signal.”

More than 100,000 users installed Signal across the app stores of Apple and Google after the data sharing announcement. It is now the top free app.

Meanwhile, Telegram picked up nearly 2.2 million downloads, according to data analytics firm Sensor Tower.

But new installs of WhatsApp fell 11 per cent in the first seven days of 2021 compared with the week before, although it still amounted to an estimated 10.5 million downloads globally, Sensor Tower said.

‘WHATSAPP BEING MONETISED’

Facebook reportedly aims to monetise WhatsApp by allowing businesses to contact their clients via the platform, even sell them products directly using the service as they already do in India.

A spokesperson said.”Privacy policy and terms updates are common in the industry and we’re providing users with ample notice to review the changes, which go into effect on February 8th.

“All users need to accept the new terms of service if they want to continue using WhatsApp.”

The policies have been blasted as ‘draconian’ and some people are now switching to rival app Signal.

The policies have been blasted as ‘draconian’ and some people are now switching to rival app Signal.

Many people have taken to Twitter to express their outrage at WhatsApp and Facebook

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Many people have taken to Twitter to express their outrage at WhatsApp and FacebookCredit: Twitter
Elson Musk has advised people to switch to signal

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Elson Musk has advised people to switch to signal
 This tweet reflects the views of former WhatsApp users who fear for their privacy

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This tweet reflects the views of former WhatsApp users who fear for their privacy
Signal has been struggling under the strain of people signing up

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Signal has been struggling under the strain of people signing up

Following the fury about the data sharing, WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart took to Twitter.

He said: “I want to share how committed everyone @WhatsApp is to providing private communication for two billion people around the world. 

“At our core, that’s the ability to message or call loved ones freely protected by end-to-end encryption and that’s not changing.

“With end-to-end encryption, we cannot see your private chats or calls and neither can Facebook. 

“We’re committed to this technology and committed to defending it globally.

“We’ve updated our policy to be transparent and to better describe optional people-to-business features. 

“We wrote about it in October — this includes commerce on WhatsApp and the ability for people to message a business.”

This message has been appearing on WhatsApp on Apple and Android phones in the US

This is the UK message

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This post first appeared on Thesun.co.uk

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