— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
People have since started switching to the Signal and Telegram app and it looks like things might get tougher for WhatsApp and Facebook. Following Elon Musk’s post, many prominent Indian Entrepreneurs have also taken to Twitter to announce their exit from the social media platform.
Chamath Palihapitiya, CEO of Social Capital expressed his disappointment on his Twitter handle and asked people to no longer contact him on Whatsapp, instead urged people to download Signal App.
Starting in Feb, WhatsApp will begin sharing all kinds of data with Facebook. They just killed their best feature – privacy.
Please no longer text me on WhatsApp. Download @signalapp
— Chamath Palihapitiya (@chamath) January 10, 2021
Naval Ravikant who is the co-founder, chairman and former CEO of AngelList posted on Twitter, “Use Signal. Learn about privacy coins. Insist on working remotely. Embrace open source. Practice online anonymity. Decentralize your life.”
Use Signal. Learn about privacy coins. Insist on working remotely. Embrace open source. Practice online anonymity.
Decentralize your life. https://t.co/RPVeCZ5tDx
— Naval (@naval) January 11, 2021
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder of financial technology company Paytm joined the list of entrepreneurs to urge people to switch to Signal App. He wrote, “They say, the 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.”
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. https://t.co/iCmKoyLc5x
— Vijay Shekhar Sharma (@vijayshekhar) January 11, 2021
Bipin Preet Singh announced that he will be switching to SIgnal & Google Chat for professional and personal use.
Moving to Signal (personal/professional) and Google chat ( for work). Latter mostly because of Gsuite but really UX of GChat shows why they don’t get social/messaging.
— Bipin Preet Singh (@BipinSingh) January 11, 2021
CEO of PhonePe Sameer Nigam retweeted Kunal Shah who stated that leaving WhatsApp is a ‘Futile’ move. Nigam expressed the need for the switch and explained why it is easy to make the switch easily.
This time is diff. Product wise, Signal has arrived!
Moved 1000+ @PhonePe-rs to Signal. Recreated all my work groups.
Moved my family groups. Seamlessly.
Zero switching cost. Just retain ur WA acct (like ur old 90s Hotmail account) to reference old threads…
— Sameer.Nigam (@_sameernigam) January 11, 2021