So a few days back, we asked you â€” our readers as well as Twitter and YouTube followers â€” about your thoughts on WhatsAppâ€™s controversial privacy update. You had to choose one of four options â€” youâ€™re are okay with the new terms, you feel you have no option but to accept them, youâ€™re not okay and will stop using WhatsApp, or that youâ€™ve already switched to another messaging app. Hereâ€™s how you voted in our poll.
Taking into account all the votes on our poll across our website, YouTube, and Twitter accounts, 44.3% of the respondents said that they donâ€™t like WhatsAppâ€™s changes but feel that they donâ€™t have any option but to accept them. That goes to show how popular the app is and how many people are unwilling to ditch it just yet.
Meanwhile, 26.6% of the voters came out to say that they donâ€™t like WhatsAppâ€™s latest privacy norms and will stop using the app. Even worse news for WhatsApp is that 18.9% of the respondents in our poll said that theyâ€™ve already moved to another messaging app.
Only a fraction of our poll takers â€” 10.11% to be exact â€” said that theyâ€™re okay with WhatsAppâ€™s policy changes.
Hereâ€™s what you had to say
BlackSh33p: On one hand, here in the US, most of my family members use iPhones so they donâ€™t even know what WhatsApp is. On the other hand, a few friends have Android and are immigrants, so they stick to WhatsApp. Iâ€™m leaving regardless, but Iâ€™ll try to convince my friends to switch to Telegram.
DBS: Iâ€™m moving friends and family to Telegram (Signal is far too naggy with the codes. I know the moment they bother them with constant requests for the pin, people will simply drop it as theyâ€™re not willing to put up with that). I donâ€™t see a way for us in the EU to opt-out of anything on WhatsApp either, though. So unless that is addressed and, indeed, weâ€™re given the option to opt-out, Iâ€™m ditching WhatsApp when the time comes when Iâ€™m forced to either accept Zuckerbots new privacy-violating terms.
Farhan Ahmad Tajuddin: Moving friends and family to Telegram? Thatâ€™s not an easy thing for me to do since only a handful of my friends use Telegram. The rest are only relying on WhatsApp.
Allexio: Making my family move to discord. Iâ€™m just glad I happened to have pushed them to move to it before this happened so now I can safely delete my WhatsApp and still keep in contact.
@TrendyBossy: I switched Signal and none of my contacts were there.
@JJs_playground: People, you have a choice, switch to signal. I just did and everybody I know is on WhatsApp. But, I have convinced a few people to switch and will convince others to switch too. Letâ€™s teach Facebook a lesson.
@BalanceEven: Trying to get everyone to move to Telegram. I am getting lots of notifications there over the last few days of many of my contacts migrating to Telegram also. It also has more features. Time to bury WhatsApp.
@Bfg26: It just shows you that we as the people think we canâ€™t change the system. If everyone just moves to a new app you will see how quickly these companies change how they do business.
@MrMathewJr: I might switch to Signal or Telegram, but itâ€™s difficult to get family and friends to move as well. Itâ€™s do-able but itâ€™d definitely take time. Until then at least, what choice do I have?