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WhatsApp users switch to alternatives due to privacy rules update – By Kendra Chan

WhatsApp introduced its newest privacy rules changes to users on the 8th of January, sparking outrage among some over the use of their personal information.

In its privacy policy section, the column ‘How We Work With Other Facebook Companies’ explains: “As part of the Facebook Companies, WhatsApp receives information from, and shares information with, the other Facebook Companies.

“We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customise, support, and market our Services and their offerings, including the Facebook Company Products.”

Many current WhatsApp users are angry about the changes as they will allow Facebook to access information including individuals’ phone numbers.

The corporation will also have access to information on how users interact with others, as well as logs of how often and how long they use WhatsApp.

Additionally, users’ IP addresses and use of languages would be available to Facebook companies.

Following the announcement, there has been a noted decrease in ranking for WhatsApp in both the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Contrastingly, there has been a rise in ranking for messenger apps like Signal and Telegram, which collect less information.

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