The move has led many users to seek alternatives, with high-profile figures like Elon Musk and Edward Snowden urging users to switch to more privacy-focussed services.
Even WhatsApp’s creators, who sold the app to Facebook in 2014 for $18 billion, have turned their back on the app, with co-founder Brian Acton saying in a 2018 interview: “I sold my users’ privacy for a larger benefit.”
The Facebook-owned app has more than 2 billion users worldwide, so even if millions of people decide to migrate it is unlikely to have a major impact on WhatsApp’s overall popularity.
|S. No.||Best WhatsApp Alternatives||Transfer Protocols||Encryption Used||Best Privacy Features|
|1.||Signal||HTTPS/SIP Over WebSockets||Signal Protocol (X3DH + Double Ratchet + AES 256)||No User Records, Self-Destructing Messages|
|2.||Session||TOR Onion Http||Modified Signal Protocol||No Phone Number Required, Decentralized Network|
|3.||Threema||HTTPS||NaCl + AES 256 (Validation Logging)||No logging of IP Addresses or Metadata|
|4.||iMessage||HTTPS/GSM||Double AES 128||E2E Encryption, Make Payments|
|5.||Elements||HTTPS||Matrix Network||E2E Encryption, Decentralized Storage|
|6.||Wickr me||HTTPS||Wickr Secure Messaging Protocol||No IP Address Logs, Anonymity|
|7.||Viber||HTTP/HTTPS – RTP (SRTP)||Double Ratchet||Invisible status, Secret Chats, Lock Messages With PIN|
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