These growing privacy concerns resulted in people switching to other messaging services such as Signal and Telegram. According to date gathered by the New York Times, this week Signal became the No.1 app in India, one of WhatsApp’s biggest markets, on Apple and Android phones.
In their most recent blogpost, busting some of these myths, WhatsApp said that the update does not change the app’s data-sharing practices with Facebook and does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family and that the free messaging app remains deeply committed to protecting people’s privacy.
They also stated that no one will now have their account suspended or deleted on February 8th and that they will do a lot more to clear up all the misinformation about how privacy and security work on WhatsApp. This will allow people to gradually settle in with the new update until new business options are available on May 15th.