202112 Jan
Signal and Telegram downloads surge after WhatsApp says it will share data with Facebook
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GUANGZHOU, China — Downloads of privacy-focused messaging apps Signal and Telegram got a boost as users looked for alternatives to Facebook -owned WhatsApp over concerns about changes to the services privacy policy. WhatsApp says the data shared with Facebook is used to help improve infrastructure, promote safety and security and refine services by making suggestions or personalizing features and content. Signal reported last week that verification codes sent to users via text message to start using the app were delayed because of high demand. Despite the surge in Signal and Telegram downloads, WhatsApp has not seen a decline, according to Adam Blacker, vice president of insights at Apptopia. My guess is there is a very small number of people who use WhatsApp daily that are recently deleting it," Blacker told CNBC by email.

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