When the messaging war began, who knew we would end up with over a dozen viable options? The issue that most people face is that not everyone you want to message is on a single platform. So you’re stuck using multiple apps to handle daily transactions with your family and friends.
Of recent, however, WhatsApp and Facebook have faced increasing scrutiny over data sharing and privacy concerns. Those concerns prompted a response from WhatsApp shortly after, trying to alleviate concerns about privacy. Sadly for WhatsAp the user exodus continued to options like Telegram and Signal.
Shots fired, in a somewhat amusing fashion by Telegram on Twitter, which WhatsApp responded to clearly thinking they had the upper hand. Sadly their choice of image wasn’t the greatest, neither was their choice to criticise encryption. Particularly when there has been a public release of WhatsApp chat histories associated with non-encrypted backups.
The other point made clearly by Telegram in the exchange is the open-source nature of its code. This ensures transparency of security protocols while casting just a little bit of further shade over the WhatsApp universe. Facts that WhatsApp have “ignored” because it’s pretty difficult to argue actual facts. In reality, if you’re after an end-to-end, truly secure messaging option then you’re probably on Signal or Wickr. But they’re not as popular as the likes of Telegram, WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.