Elon Musk Tweets 'Use Signal' Following WhatsApp Privacy Policy Change to Share Data With Facebook

Earlier Elon Musk also linked Facebook to the violence in Washington with a meme on Twitter, before the latest tweet about WhatsApp's privacy policy.

Elon Musk Tweets 'Use Signal' Following WhatsApp Privacy Policy Change to Share Data With Facebook

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Musk has a long history of criticising Facebook on Twitter

Highlights
  • Musk tweeted 'Use Signal' after WhatsApp announced privacy changes
  • WhatsApp says it will share more data with Facebook
  • Signal is a well known privacy-focussed messaging platform

Elon Musk tweeted "Use Signal" on Thursday, which led to a huge number of signups for the app, after WhatsApp made changes to its privacy policy. WhatsApp will be sharing more data with its parent company Facebook, which has raised a lot of concerns. Earlier today, Musk also tweeted a 'domino effect' meme, where he implied that the start of Facebook was responsible for the chaos and violence that took place at the US Capitol in Washington. It's perhaps no surprise that Musk has a history of public disagreements with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, which often get aired on Twitter.

Signal is a well-known privacy-focussed messaging app, that is widely used by security experts, privacy researchers, academics, and journalists around the world. The Signal protocol also underpins WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption, although one key difference is that Signal is open source, while WhatsApp is not.

WhatsApp's new privacy policy has drawn concern from many, as the app has long touted that user data is not looked at in any way, and that WhatsApp is secure and private. Earlier, WhatsApp also complained that Apple's App Store privacy labels are anti-competitive, because the same labels don't apply to Apple's own apps.

WhatsApp's updated privacy policy and terms of service have new sections including Transactions and Payments Data as well as Location Information. The most notable changes that exist on both updated privacy policy and terms of service are around how WhatsApp shares information with Facebook and its subsidiaries.

As mentioned above, this wasn't the only dig that Musk took against Facebook. A little earlier, he also tweeted a meme connecting the starting of Facebook to a domino effect leading to the violence and chaos in Washington.

Musk has a history of disagreeing with Zuckerberg on Twitter, that goes back many years now. The two have, for example, famously disagreed on artificial intelligence, that Musk argued had to be carefully regulated. When Zuckerberg had spoken against fear mongering over AI, Musk tweeted that the Facebook CEO's "understanding of the subject is limited."

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Gopal Sathe is the Editor of Gadgets 360. He has covered technology for 15 years. He has written about data use and privacy, and its use in politics. He has also written extensively about the latest devices, video games, and startups in India. Write to gopal@ndtv.com or get in touch on Twitter through his handle @gopalsathe with tips. More
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