VOX POP

19 January 2021 | Opinion

We approached regular WhatsApp users to find out what their views are on the privacy policy change and whether they will be switching to another app. This is their take:

Reinhold Shiwagala

I think the move for WhatsApp to do the privacy changes was based more on the business side of things. It’s going to be a challenge for anyone to move and stay long on Telegram as the people they communicate with might not be on Telegram.

Zened Sali

A lot of my friends moved to Telegram and because of them, I am too now forced to sort of use Telegram, but I still prefer using WhatsApp as it’s integrated with two other platforms that I use daily on which I share my views.

Meriam Kaukungwa

I didn’t read through the WhatsApp privacy policy. Policies, when drafted in lengthy multiple pages, discourage one to read through them, so we rush into agreeing for the mere fact not to be left behind. I prefer to stay on WhatsApp, but if I sense anything suspicious, I might just change to Telegram as nowadays accounts can be hacked. Identity theft and financial crimes are the order of the day.

Gino Nambahu

As a frequent WhatsApp user, I’m not keen on the new privacy policy. I feel as though this policy is an invasion of my privacy as Facebook will have access to everything I say or do and have access to my whereabouts, compromising my safety. As much as I enjoy using WhatsApp, if it comes to that, I might find myself migrating to Telegram.

Linda Kaukungwa

An audio message will serve the purpose much better than lengthy scribes used to renew a policy or inform users of social media platforms. A person like me with a broad family, a user of social media for that matter with a large family and friendship base would prefer subscribing to WhatsApp to reach a larger audience.

Nadine Namases

Not too many people are aware of Telegram or have subscribed to it. WhatsApp is also user-friendly; it features a lot of various functions that are attractive to its users. And I’m comfortable with it.

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