Pakistan sees massive surge in Telegram, Signal downloads after WhatsApp policy update


Pakistani users rushed to messaging apps Signal and Telegram after WhatsApp announced a new privacy policy saying it reserves the right to share data with parent Facebook.

The number of downloads in the country recorded a massive spike while WhatsApp suffered a heavy decline in usage.

The world’s most used messaging app came under fire across the globe over its new terms of service putting its data security under scrutiny from the users.

In an announcement on January 4, WhatsApp had told its two billion users that they will not be able to use its services after February 8 if they do not allow it to share data with Facebook. It has since revised this deadline.

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According to data from analytics firm Sensor Tower, Signal was downloaded 462,000 times between Jan 5 and Jan 12, recording a 47,529% increase compared to the previous week.