Elon Musk tweets ‘Use Signal’ after WhatsApp privacy policy change

Elon Musk on Thursday tweeted “Use Signal”, immediately after changes were made to WhatsApp’s privacy policy that would result in more data sharing with its parent company Facebook. 

Musk also tweeted a domino meme hinting that the start of Facebook was responsible for the violence at the United States Capitol in Washington. Perhaps not surprisingly, Musk has public disagreements with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, which can often be seen on Twitter.

Signal is a popular privacy-focused messaging app widely used by security experts, privacy researchers, scientists, and journalists around the world. The Signal protocol features WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption, although a key difference is that Signal is open source and WhatsApp is not.

The new privacy policy of WhatsApp’s has raised a lot of concerns as the app has long touted that user data is not looked at in any way and that WhatsApp is safe and private. Previously, WhatsApp had also complained that Apple’s App Store privacy labels are anti-competitive, as the same labels do not apply to Apple’s own applications.

The updated privacy policy and terms of service of WhatsApp’s include new sections such as transactions and payment data and location information. The key changes to the updated privacy policy and terms of service are around the way WhatsApp shares information with Facebook and its subsidiaries.