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Elon Musk mocks WhatsApp's new privacy policy, asks to use Signal

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who becomes the richest man in the world, asks his followers to use Signal after WhatsApp private policy update. Musk took to Twitter and said “Use Signal”.

elon musk says use signal amid whatsapp privacy policy

WhatsApp recently updated its terms of service and privacy policy for users. The messaging platform is sending in-app notifications to users and asking them to accept the policy before February 8 or lose access to their account. Amid the controversy over WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who becomes the richest man in the world after surpassing Amazon’s Jeff Bezos , asks his followers to use Signal. Also Read - Is WhatsApp safe to use? Should the new privacy policy worry you?

Musk took to Twitter on Thursday and tweeted “Use Signal”. Of course he is mocking the most popular messaging platform here. Also Read - Twitter POTUS account transferred to Joe Biden from Donald Trump

What is Signal?

Signal is just another WhatsApp rival. Signal, developed by the Signal Foundation and Signal Messenger LLC, is an end-to-end encrypted messaging service available for both Android as well as iPhone users. Also Read - Today's Tech News: Snapdragon 870 SoC launched, Realme X7 India launch

Similar to Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Signal also allows one–to-one and group messages to friends and loved ones. The messaging platform also allows users to share files including photos, videos, voice notes, and more.

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Why is Elon Musk asking to use Signal?

Elon Musk’s tweet comes amid WhatsApp’s newly privacy policy update that highlights the kinds of data it collects from users and send to its parent company Facebook. Users have bashed the messaging platform since then and made #DeleteWhatsApp trend on Twitter. WhatsApp has given users time till February 8, 2021 to accept the new privacy policy. Any user failing to accept the policy will lose access to their account.

Coming to Musk’s “Use Signal” tweet, it is probably because he believes Signal is a better and safer messaging platform when compared to Facebook’s WhatsApp. Thousands of WhatsApp users also took to Twitter looking for alternative options. Some alternative options of WhatsApp that we believe you can try are Telegram and Signal.

While WhatsApp is being mocked by users for collecting personal user information and sending them to Facebook, it can’t be denied that it is the most popular messaging tool in the world right now.

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  • Published Date: January 8, 2021 10:27 AM IST
  • Updated Date: January 8, 2021 1:29 PM IST



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