WhatsApp told in an email to TechCrunch that it will “slowly ask” users to accept the new terms of service “in order to have full functionality of WhatsApp” from May 15. Sensing the growing outrage in India, WhatsApp had tried every last trick in the book to woo its customer base. The Mark Zuckerberg-led platform published full-page front ads in national dailies and even rolled out multiple part stories in the status update feature of the users.
As reported previously by TFI, WhatsApp’s updated user policy gives Mark Zuckerberg the right to share user’s information with Facebook and other third-party apps. What is worse about this new policy is that the new update comes with a condition that if the user refuses to share data with Facebook, they will have to quit WhatsApp. In other words, the messaging application is forcing the users to accept a policy that exploits their personal data.
WhatsApp users fearing their data being sold to Facebook and other third parties quickly started looking for new options and Signal, Telegram and now government-built Sandes have become the preferred destinations.
Favoured by tech giants, cybersecurity experts, journalists, government officials, and many more, Signal has gone from a darling secret of the security community to something even the non-tech savvy are using as an alternative messaging app after WhatsApp destroyed its own credibility.
Unlike WhatsApp, Signal’s source code has been available in public, and experts have been able to poke and prod at its defences for years, and thus it stands out when compared to WhatsApp. Even Elon Musk had batted for Signal which suggested the app was indeed a viable alternative.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
Recently reported by TFI, the officials in some government ministries have already started using the GIMS or Government Instant Messaging System. Last year, several reports claimed that the government-developed chatting app may be called GIMS. However, it turns out that the messaging app has now got a desi name – ‘Sandes’.
The government is yet to make any announcement regarding its official launch but given WhatsApp’s deteriorating reputation – Sandes is expected to be rolled out soon.
While Mark Zuckerberg led WhatsApp continues to rake the negative plaudits, the other rivals appear to benefit massively, which, in turn, is a good signal for the country as the big tech’s and their hegemony is finally being targeted.