WhatsApp Privacy Update from February 8, Catches Attention


WhatsApp is the most popular medium of free communication all over the world and owned by Facebook. It is having 2 billion WhatsApp MAUs in February 2020 as per Facebook’s official report.


WhatsApp User Statistics

Facebook reported 2 billion WhatsApp MAUs in February 2020. The last officially-reported WhatsApp statistics (dating back to Q4 2017), gave us a figure of 1.5 billion monthly WhatsApp users in over 180 countries.

Number of monthly active WhatsApp users worldwide from April 2013 to March 2020 (in millions) According to Statista numbers the WhatsApp active users are given below in the chart:

WhatsApp Active Users

Why WhatsApp users have started abandoning the app?

In wake of the recent privacy policy update, millions of WhatsApp users have taken the drastic step of abandoning the app, as it will force them to share their data with Facebook.

It is announced that the privacy policy update will be released on February 8, and it will going to affect the worldwide WhatsApp users in all countries outside of Europe and the UK, where there are strict data protection laws.

Users in rest of the world will be required to give their consent for Facebook to access their data, including their phone numbers and all the information about how they interact with others, in order to continue using the app.

Telegram and Signal

WhatsApp users are starting to shift towards rival apps like Telegram and Signal. The recent requirement will apply regardless of whether or not the WhatsApp user has a Facebook account. When WhatsApp privacy policy changes were announced on January 7, Signal gained 1.2 million downloads and Telegram picked up nearly 1.7 million downloads, while WhatsApp, which usually dominates, gained just 1.3 million downloads. Subsequently, WhatsApp installations also decline approximately 13% to 10.3 million downloads in the first seven days of January, compared to the seven days prior.

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