WhatsApp vs Signal: After Elon Musk, now Paytm CEO wants you to ‘Move on to Signal NOW!’

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WhatsApp vs Signal: Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, following the footsteps of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, asked followers on micro-blogging site Twitter to ditch WhatsApp and move to the small encrypted messaging app Signal.

WhatsApp vs Signal: Amid the rising disappointment against the new Facebook-owned WhatsApp privacy policy, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, following the footsteps of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, asked followers on micro-blogging site Twitter to ditch WhatsApp and move to the small encrypted messaging app Signal.

Soon after the announcement of updated WhatsApp privacy policy, which stated that their users can lose their account if they do not accept the changes, Signal started gaining momentum in India and managed to beat become the top free app on Google Play store as well as Apple App store.

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On Monday, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma took to Twitter and wrote: “They say, market has power. We are the largest market. Here in India WhatsApp/Facebook are abusing their monopoly & taking away millions of users’ privacy for granted. We should move on to @signalapp NOW. It is upto us to become victim or reject such moves.”

Previously, the richest person in the world, Elon Musk also asked his followers to “Use Signal”.

On Saturday, the encrypted messaging app Signal uploaded a picture on Twitter of the App Store charts for top free apps where it currently sits at the number one position with a caption “Look at what you’ve done India”. Signal has managed to beat WhatsApp for the top spot in India, Germany, France, Austria, Finland, Hong Kong, and Switzerland.

“Facebook is probably more comfortable selling ads than buying them, but they’ll do what they have to do in order to be the top result when some people search for ‘Signal’ in the App Store. P.S. There will never be ads in Signal because your data belongs in your hands, not ours,” Signal wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp is virtually forcing its users to either accept the changes or their account will be deleted. According to the company, WhatsApp’s new Terms of Service and privacy policy will come into effect on February 8.

“WhatsApp must receive or collect some information to operate, provide, improve, understand, customise, support, and market our Services, including when you install, access, or use our Services,” the updated WhatsApp policy reads.

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