Signal and Telegram sees a surge in downloads post WhatsApp privacy fiasco
Telegram surpassed 500 million active users, with 25 million users added in 72 hours time frame alone in a week that followed while WhatsApp which still covers a large fraction of Internet users standing currently at 2 billion users, with 400 million users in India alone WhatsApp currently owned by Facebook has increased its emphasis on the monetization of data, thus leading to easy accessibility of private data on demand and also simple Google search that can be availed on choice.
WhatsApp which has been seen as a reliable form of messaging platform with even officials and government diplomacy working through it now is facing an uninstallation surge. Earlier, Signal another messaging platform witnessed a surge in user base by 2.3 million between 6 and 10th January and now Telegram has increased its base by 25 million users, while WhatsApp on the other has witnessed a decline in its downloads from 2 million to 1.3 million. According to the Puttaswamy judgement of 2017, privacy has been termed as a fundamental which no one is to be deprived of, hence there arises a need for a better clause in the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, which is still undergoing deliberation with the addition of clauses such as the right to be forgotten to be added on the line of EU laws, hence messaging platform should need to provide better encryption of private chats and treating digital field as a public good than economic good.