This week the bomb went off: Facebook announced new conditions for WhatsApp that you basically owe accept if you want to continue using the app or delete your account directly. Conditions based on the data that WhatsApp collects from you and your business through the use of the app, which the company will share with your other social networks such as Facebook itself. Conditions that oblige more than offering options to anyone who wants to continue with WhatsApp, except Elon Musk.
Don’t use WhatsApp, use Signal
Elon Musk, one of the key figures in the tech industry of the 21st century through both his Tesla autonomous electric cars and his groundbreaking SpaceX rockets – who won them a contract from NASA to outsource production on future space missions – is also a lover of controversy. And the last one revolves around the imposition of Facebook.
Signal, the privacy-based messaging app
Signal, an app that has always tried to stand out for the level of protection of its users and is a reference in terms of encryption, which made it recommended by well-known ‘insiders’ such as James Snowden And used, for example, by politicians like Carles Puigdemont.
Under the subtitle of “Private Messenger”, Signal has also benefited from this year’s huge boom of pandemic and blockages in the field of video calling. And to keep growing and providing that more security-focused support than others, the app has introduced encrypted group video calls, a function that supports up to 5 participants and is now available with the latest update.
Musk Vs Facebook
Musk, who surpassed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday to become the richest person in the world, also shared a meme highlighting Facebook’s perceived attitude towards user privacy. In reality, this is not the first time that Elon Musk criticizes Facebook, defining ” pitiful “the social media giant last February.
It also included the hashtag #DeleteFacebook , referring to a popular campaign at the time relating to another privacy-based dispute. Effectively, neither SpaceX nor Tesla have official Facebook pages, after Musk ordered their removal in 2018.
According to him: “It is not a political statement and I didn’t do it because someone challenged me to do it. I just don’t like Facebook. It gives me the chills.