Worried about Facebook’s recent acquisition of WhatsApp? Consider these alternatives
Following Facebook’s high-profile buyout of WhatsApp last week – at a whooping US$19 billion (S$24.1 billion) – the popular chat application experienced its “longest and biggest outage in recent years” when the network went down for several hours, three days later, on Saturday. Conspiracy theories started to spread: some imagined it to be a possible porting over of data between the two giants and many saw it as the start of a common occurrence to encourage people to use Facebook Messenger.
The untimely outage raised a billion and one questions: what will the future of WhatsApp be like? Will it stay – ahem – ad-free without third-party interferences? Will users’ personal information be shared between the two companies? Or will it turn out to be another Instagram (with tweaked privacy policies) down the road?
If the social network’s previous acquisition of Instagram is anything to go by, chances are it’d leave WhatsApp to grow on its own (for a while) before swooping in to introduce changes. Remember when Instagram changed its privacy policies to give Facebook more access to user data i.e. giving them full rights to your uploaded photos to be sold and used in ads, and introduced ads to the photo-sharing application?
With so many questions and no answers in sight, perhaps you've considered chatting elsewhere. Read on for our recommendations!
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