June 16, 2021

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Is this the end of WhatsApp in India?

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Is This the end of WhatsApp in India? Recently over the past few weeks WhatsApp has been receiving a lot of flak from the Indian users due to a small tweak in its privacy policy which led to a further controversy over the angle of data protection and data privacy. Such grave was the impact of the privacy policy changes that WhatsApp India had to update an explanatory story on its own platform to assure people of its policies and make them feel safe about it.

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End of WhatsApp survey: Survey

Amid all this controversy and news one report has come to the surface with interesting findings. A recent survey by community social media platform LocalCircles reveals that only 18% of users may continue using WhatsApp in India while 36% will reduce their usage drastically. Also, 15% of users are likely to stop using the app completely.

As per the reports, the survey received over 24,000 responses from WhatsApp users based in 244 districts of India. 24% of users said they (along with their groups) are considering a switch to other instant messaging platforms, while 91% of WhatsApp users said that they will not use its payment features. This is over the concerns that WhatsApp will share payment and transaction-related data with Facebook and third parties.

While WhatsApp has extended the deadline of its updated privacy policy to May 15 from the original date of February. As per the new terms of services, WhatsApp asked users to agree to allow Facebook and its subsidiaries to collect user data such including phone number, location, etc. It was recently reported that Signal and Telegram have witnessed almost four million downloads in India where Signal is leading with 2.3 million new downloads between January 6 and January 10, while Telegram saw 1.5 million new downloads over the same period, as per Sensor Tower data.

Signal and Telegram had 24,000 and 1.3 million downloads respectively between January 1 and January 5, leading to growth by 9,483% in the case of Signal and growth by 15% in the case of Telegram.WhatsApp, on the other hand, has witnessed a massive drop in its downloads by 35% over January 6 to January 10.

Following the recent trends of people switching from WhatsApp the user base could sink seriously in the country and this can hurt the company the most as India is one of the biggest markets for WhatsApp in India and the company has some really big things planned in the future. 

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