— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
By 13th January following WhatsApp’s update and Musk’s tweet, Signal had gained nearly 5.34% of global users. 1% of reach encompasses 4.5 million users. Hence, 5.34% means it gained nearly 24 million users that too just in India.
In another tweet, Signal also shared how users could migrate from other apps to Signal in a convenient way that would ensure end-to-end encryption and no further loss of data.
A lot of people have been asking how to move their group chats from other apps to Signal, and Signal group links are a great way to get started. Drop a group link into your former chat app of choice like you're dropping the mic on the way out. pic.twitter.com/q49DeZufBG
— Signal (@signalapp) January 7, 2021
A detailed comparison between Signal, WhatsApp, and Telegram shows how Signal faired in all three metrics leaving WhatsApp and Telegram quite stagnant.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp tried to come up with a number of redressals ever since, from posting a status update on the app to posting full page ads. Currently, they are doing damage control. WhatsApp also officially tweeted on Twitter how they DO NOT share data with Facebook and third-party applications.
We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption. pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98MP
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
Only time will tell which app becomes the world’s favorite. It is true that WhatsApp is currently trending on both the PlayStore and App Store, however, the recognition will be short lived if more claims come forward about the data breach and misuse.
Have you already bid goodbye to WhatsApp?