Telegram and Signal downloads see 43 times growth

As users looked for substitutes of Facebook-owned WhatsApp over apprehensions regarding alterations in its privacy policy, the downloads of privacy-focused messaging apps Signal and Telegram have received a major boost. As per Sensor Tower, Signal witnessed about 7.5 million installs worldwide by means of Google Play store and Apple App Store between January 6 and 10. As compared to the previous week, that’s 43 times the number. In the app’s history, it is highest week or even monthly install number for Signal. As per Apptopia, Telegram witnessed 5.6 million downloads globally from Wednesday through Sunday. As part of its service, Signal claims to have “state-of-the-art end-to-end encryption”. This thwarts messages from being read by those who are not the projected recipient.

On January 4, WhatsApp released an update to its privacy policy that led to rise in downloads of these two apps. WhatsApp, since 2016, has shared certain data with Facebook. However, previously, users had a chance to opt out of this. From February 8, the app will impel users to accept the updated terms so as to continue using WhatsApp. However, due to data protection rules in those jurisdictions, users in Europe and the U.K. will see a different message. However, WhatsApp messages are encrypted. This implies that Facebook will not be able to see their contents. Nevertheless, WhatsApp accumulates a lot of other data which can be shared with its parent company.

This data consists of account registration information such as your transaction data, service-related information, phone number, information on how you interact with others.