Elon Musk joined the discussion by Tweeting this out on January 7th. However, it appears for now that WhatsApp is not suffering as much as its competitors are growing.
Looking at the category rankings for WhatsApp, we can see that there is not a significant dip in WhatsApp’s category rankings in the last week in the United States. However, Telegram and Signal have both surpassed it in rank.
The same can be seen in the Download estimations for the applications. This may be because people are testing how they like the applications. They may be taking this time to transfer their contacts over to the new application. WhatsApp is also a very widely used application. It is thus unlikely that everyone would transfer over to another application immediately and seamlessly.
The reviews also indicate that people are making the switch over from WhatsApp due to these privacy issues. Using the search terms “privacy” and “whatsapp” in signal’s reviews yields some interesting results. Many people are discussing their move from one app to the other.
Some of the reviews are negative. Many are complaining about the interface. According to them, it is not as sophisticated. Others say that Signal does not offer the same quality of messaging system as WhatsApp. However, people seem to be angry enough right now to make the shift.
The question remains, will Signal be able to keep up? Will Signal update their software to meet the expectations of their newfound audience? Will people end up switching back to WhatsApp?
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