WhatsApp unsinkable: messenger overtakes competitors despite user dissatisfaction with privacy policy update

WhatsApp unsinkable: messenger overtakes competitors despite user dissatisfaction with privacy policy update

Analytical company SensorTower has published fresh statistics on instant messengers and their popularity in the world.

In January, the WhatsApp team unveiled a controversial privacy policy change, which sparked a heated discussion on the network, smoothly turning into a real scandal. While outrage prompted the company to postpone the final implementation of the new rules for several months, the updated policy will finally take effect on May 15.

Many users are unhappy with the innovation as the new policy allows WhatsApp to share data with other Facebook applications. This led many to try competing messaging apps.

SensorTower data shows that downloads for the privacy-focused Signal app rose nearly 1,200% between January and April compared to last year’s results, with 64.6 million downloads. January was the most successful month for the app – then Signal was downloaded more than 51 million times.

Telegram’s downloads grew 98% over the same period, and the app overcame 161 million installs. This surge also helped the messenger surpass the 500 million monthly active user mark.

The most interesting thing is that all this did not significantly affect the popularity of WhatsApp. Although the app’s installs dropped 43% year over year between January and April, it still managed to outperform its competitors with 172.3 million downloads.

WhatsApp unsinkable: messenger overtakes competitors despite user dissatisfaction with privacy policy update

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