July 22, 2024

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WhatsApp, Signal, and Telegram: how they differ and which offers the most privacy

  • Boris Miranda (@ivanbor)
  • BBC News Mundo

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The three most talked about messaging apps have differences in how they use their users’ data.

As Signal and Telegram see record numbers of new users, WhatsApp is at the center of criticism for changing its terms of service and privacy.

The messaging app announced last week that it will share various user data with its parent company Facebook, and that it will be able to do the same with its Instagram and Messenger platforms.

Amid questioning, WhatsApp backed off and delayed implementing the new terms of service until May 15, claiming they were misunderstood.

“We want to make it clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of messages users share with friends and family,” the platform said in a statement released Monday.