Sudden spike in Signal and Telegram traffic amid controversial WhatsApp privacy row

Signal and Telegram face a sudden surge in traffic as new users flock in after the new WhatsApp privacy policies

Instant messaging app Signal and Telegram are facing a sudden surge due to new users as WhatsApp users have been migrating bases. Signal and Telegram are instant messaging apps developed to offer an alternative to apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

WhatsApp continues to state that either the users give their consent to share data with Facebook or lose their WhatsApp accounts after February 8. Telegram’s CEO and founder Pavel Durov slammed the social media giant, stating that it is no surprise that hoards of users are switching from WhatsApp to Telegram, which had already been going for a few years but has accelerated due to WhatsApp’s latest move.

Elon Musk encourages users to use Signal or Telegram

Telegram and Signal, in particular, saw a significant jump in the number of new sign-ups after Elon Musk tweeted that followers should prefer to use privacy-focused apps amidst concerns about WhatsApp’s latest privacy policy where they will be sharing user data with Facebook.

Moreover, the rise in sign-ups to Signal was so massive that verification codes were getting delayed. Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday advising people to use signal and this advice from the new world’s richest man caused the Signal servers to get overloaded.

Signal took to Twitter as it had to confirm that the company was getting way too many requests for new join-ins. This sudden surge led to a delay in verification codes getting sent to users but the issue was soon resolved and the users were able to register without hiccups.

This news comes at a time when WhatsApp is involved in a privacy row as it has started notifying users to agree to its new terms and policies. It is reported that data sharing with Facebook will be mandatory but WhatsApp now claims that privacy policies for consumers are unchanged. However, the new privacy policy change is only addressed to business accounts.

Alternative messaging apps reaping the fruits of WhatsApp’s privacy row

Signal is a popular open-source instant messaging app that focuses heavily on privacy and is used by security experts, journalists, and academics across the globe. The protocol in this app also underpins WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption.


Moreover, there are tons of new users who are moving from WhatsApp and joining Telegram. Similarly, Telegram also sends users a notification once their contract joins the platform. If you happened to be a user, you would have been bombarded with notifications ever since news broke out about WhatsApp’s new privacy policy.



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