Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma has joined the list of leaders urging people to move away from WhatsApp. Tesla founder Elon Musk set the trend on Friday when he simply tweeted ‘Use Signal’ but Sharma has posted a more detailed tweet, where he accused WhatsApp and Facebook of abusing monopoly and taking their users’ privacy for granted. In his tweet, Sharma said that “we should move on to Signal now”.
Signal has been a big gainer since users raised concerns about WhatsApp’s impendingand many groups are full of discussions about alternatives like Telegram and Signal. At the same time though, WhatsApp has pointed out that the changes are , and that user data remains as secure as before.
They say, market has power. We are the largest market.
Here in India WhatsApp / Facebook are abusing their monopoly & taking away millions of users’ privacy for granted.
We should move on to NOW.
It is upto us to become victim or reject such moves.
— Vijay Shekhar Sharma (@vijayshekhar)
It is worth noting that Sharma’sis a competitor to WhatsApp, which recently received permission to restart its UPI payments rollout. But he’s far from alone in this sentiment, and in fact, CEO Kavin Bharti Mittal that there would never be an “Indian messenger” because the network effects of international apps are too strong. And from , noted whistleblower also switch to .
The movement away from WhatsApp, which reflects the growing discontent with big tech, has not slowed, and theapp in fact became the in many countries over the weekend.
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