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With the world’s most popular messaging system, WhatsApp, enforcing its new privacy policy onto its users, other apps are being downloaded by thousands of South Africans.

According to a Business Insider report published on Tuesday, data from the Google Play Store for Android devices and Apple’s App Store for iPhones, show that Telegram and Signal are the number one and number two most downloaded apps respectively for the third day running.

While both rival apps offer the same or even better options, many South Africans are showing their loyalty towards WhatsApp. Many have downloaded either Telegram or Signal, but are still making use of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp’s new privacy policy includes the sharing of your information with Facebook – the company that owns them. While the exact details regarding what type of information will be shared with the social media platform isn’t quite clear yet, it has caused panic among users of the popular messaging app worldwide.

Tech mogul, Elon Musk, has put his weight behind Signal, with a social media post suggesting people download the app if they’re worried about their safety.

Only time will tell whether people successfully migrate over to either Telegram or Signal and if they can convince others to do so too.

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