Big blow to WhatsApp as top company executives switch to Signal

WhatsApp’s decision to forcibly collect its users’ personal information with the change in its privacy policy has started to affect the popularity of the Facebook-owned instant messaging platform.

While WhatsApp’s new privacy policy has sparked a controversy, it turned out to be a boon for its rivals Signal and Telegram as both the chat apps witnessed more than 40 lakh new users signing up in the past few days and the numbers are growing rapidly.

WhatsApp downloads fell 35% between January 6 and 10 with 1.3 million new downloads.

WhatsApp has also been making repeated attempts to clarify that the changes will not affect the privacy of users in any way.

Reports indicate that CEOs of many major companies as well as business moguls have started switching from WhatsApp to other messaging apps. Let’s take a look at the top players who left WhatsApp and switched to another app.

Reports have claimed that not only ordinary users but CEOs of many major companies and business tycoons have also started shifting to other messaging apps from WhatsApp.

Here are the top company executives who have reportedly left WhatsApp and switched to either Signal or some other app:

PhonePe CEO and employees

More than 1,000 PhonePe employees, including the company’s CEO Sameer Nigam, have reportedly deleted WhatsApp from their phones and have switched to Signal for all of their work.

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra 

Chairman of the Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra, has also quit WhatsApp. He informed via a tweet that he has switched to Signal.

Tata Group Chairman N Chandrashekharan

Tata Group Chairman N Chandrashekharan has left WhatsApp and now uses Signal, according to a TOI report. Also, several top Tata Group executives have also bid adieu to WhatsApp.

PayTm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma

CEO of PayTm app Vijay Shekhar Sharma has reportedly asked his team to avoid using WhatsApp for communication.