WhatsApp pushed its Terms of Service change from February 8 to May 15 following reaction from users globally. The Facebook-owned company calls this backlash "misinformation" and has not adequately explained what these changes mean. WhatsApp has now published a blog detailing how it will inform users about the policy change.
WhatsApp also investigated rival apps that have seen an increase in users after the backlash on its blog. "We've seen some of our competitors try to get away with claiming they can't see people's messages - if an app doesn't offer end-to-end encryption by default, that means they can read your messages," WhatsApp said in its blog.
Telegram and Signal are the most popular WhatsApp alternatives. Both are privacy-focused apps and have been found to collect less user information and data compared to WhatsApp.