The Best WhatsApp Alternatives


Last year, Facebook merged WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram’s private messages into a single messaging platform. While each app remains a separate icon in your phone’s app library, users can now chat with each other cross-platform and enjoy new features and end-to-end encryption options. However, due to an upcoming change to WhatsApp’s privacy policy, it also means WhatsApp user data will be shared with Facebook and its partners starting Feb. 8. This applies to all WhatsApp users—even if they don’t use Facebook, Instagram, or Messenger.

Facebook is alerting WhatsApp users to the change with an in-app notification, but it doesn’t explain the types of data Facebook will collect on WhatsApp users. To find that, you have to read through the new privacy policy on WhatsApp’s website. According to the most recent version posted on Jan. 4, 2021, Facebook will now collect the following info on all WhatsApp accounts:
  • Account registration info, including your name and phone number.
  • Your IP address.
  • Network and service information.
  • Technical information on the devices you use WhatsApp on.
  • Communication data with other users and businesses.
  • In-app transaction data.

The policy also says Facebook may gather “other information identified in the Privacy Policy section entitled ‘Information We Collect’ or obtained upon notice to you or based on your consent.”

This is a big change from WhatsApp’s previous privacy policy, which let users opt-out of sharing their data with Facebook while continuing to use the app. Unfortunately, the new policy requires users to agree to the changes, or stop using the app once the policy is updated on Feb. 8.

Understandably, many users are unhappy about the privacy policy, the merge of platforms, or even Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp to begin with. Facebook doesn’t exactly have a clean rap sheet when it comes to user privacy and data, and some of us just don’t want to be tied to the ecosystems of big companies like Facebook. So let’s look at alternatives to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger that will let you make a clean break from Facebook’s multi-platform chat universe altogether…Read more>>




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