Big Indian market users fret over privacy, WhatsApp all jumbled up
Over 400 million people in India exchange more messages on WhatsApp than anywhere in the world and their reaction has compelled the app to release an advertising blitz.
Though there aren’t many uninstalls of WhatsApp happening in India but its users are downloading its rival apps such as Telegram and Signal, given their increasing worries about privacy. This is the first time that the other apps are higher on the download chart, say research firms.
The reaction of WhatsApp users in India compelled WhatsApp to release an ad blitz worth 10 million rupees.
However, according to WhatsApp, neither it nor Facebook would have access to sensitive and private information, the users still seem unconvinced and are turning to other alternatives of it.
Outpacing WhatsApp, Signal became the most downloaded free app in India, both on IOS and Android, according to internet research firm Top10VPN. Its downloads have jumped to almost 7 crores in the past few days. Telegram downloads exceeded by 40% while those of WhatsApp receded by 30%.