• Telegram hits 500 million active users following backlash over WhatsApp's changing privacy policy

    15 days ago - By Business Insider

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    Telegram hit the 500 million active user milestone in the days following backlash over WhatsApp's changing privacy policy.
    The messaging app announced it had 25 million downloads in the last 72 hours. Competitor Signal has also seen a boost in users in the last several days.
    WhatsApp has since clarified its new policy to say the privacy of messages with friends and family will not be affected, but it's still forcing users to share some account data with Facebook in order to continue using their accounts.
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  • Signal or WhatsApp? Here's how the messaging apps differ and how to decide which one to use

    15 days ago - By Business Insider

    WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton helped start the Signal Foundation.
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    Signal saw a 4200% increase in user downloads this week as WhatsApp users considered leaving the platform.
    Both Signal and WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted messaging platforms that allow users to communicate over Wi-Fi or cell data.
    But the two apps vary in the amount of user data they collect, ownership, and ease of use.
    While Signal offers users more privacy, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has customizable features that allow for easier use. Signal is testing a beta version with slightly more...
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