There are several applications that offer services similar to that application which could be the best option if users want to change their instant messaging platform.
Given that this week the instant messaging platform sent its users the request for acceptance of the new WhatsApp terms and conditions, in which the application incorporated important changes related to the handling of information, many people who follow the app are doubting whether to continue using the same or better try with other platforms that offer the same service.
The relevant issues indicated in these new conditions have to do with three fundamental points, the first of which is about the way in which the platform processes user data; the second is about how businesses can use Facebook-hosted services to store and manage that app’s chats, and lastly, how the messaging platform will soon partner with Facebook to offer deeper integrations across all of the parent company’s products.
According to this, the new WhatsApp incorporations indicate that the platform will share user information with Facebook and other applications, collecting contact data, information from third parties with whom the user interacts, including the IP address or location of those who use it, which for many people represents a huge privacy risk but that they must accept if they want to continue using the application.
In this way, people who see that continuing with that application is not a reliable option, they are looking for technological alternatives that can provide them with the same communication tools as the messaging platform, for that reason, we present some of them here.
The first and one of the most popular is Telegram, WhatsApp’s main competitor that offers similar features to the well-known app, such as sending texts, audio, videos, photos and the possibility of making video calls, in addition to search filters. a tool with which users can filter the search results by type of document through the new tabs ‘Media’, ‘Links’, ‘Files’, among others, as well as the possibility of carrying out more advanced explorations combining different words and specifying certain time periods.
Telegram, like WhatsApp, is also a free messaging platform, launched in 2013 by the brothers Nikolái and Pável Dúrov that can be downloaded from Android and iOS devices and that, unlike WhatsApp, does not have end-to-end encryption automatic, so users must configure which are the conversations in which this function should be activated.
In addition to the tools you already name and that are part of its latest updates, this platform provides content hosting, user search, personalized themes, calls, contact synchronization, supergroups, an encryption method that guarantees the security of messages, among other possibilities of which the anonymous administration of groups stands out, an option that allows those who are group administrators to select and activate the option “Be anonymous” to remain incognito in it, thus keeping the name hidden in the list of members in such a way that the messages that the anonymous administrator sends within the chat will be signed with the name of the group, advantages that indicate that this is one of the best options if it is to change to another app.
The second is Signal, a messaging application that has existed since 2016 and that in the last hours collapsed due to the sudden growth of new users, thanks to Elon Musk, the billionaire who surpassed Jeff Bezos in wealth thanks to his companies Tesla and SpaceX, through its Twitter account, will invite its followers to use it after what happened with WhatsApp.
The application, which has been characterized by its “good practices” related to user privacy, recently implemented a function that blurs faces in case you want to take pictures without compromising the privacy of the attendees, in addition to this, it allows you to configure the messages so that they are deleted shortly after being sent or automatically when they are read.
Among its other features, there is the possibility of blocking the option of taking screenshots, so users who wish to do so must use another device.
Signal, which is available on iOS, Android and for computers, allows you to share text messages, photo, audio and video files, in addition to the option of making video calls, your messages are end-to-end encrypted.
Another option for those who want to try alternatives other than Whastapp is Slack, a communication tool launched on the market in 2013 that is focused on facilitating the performance and productivity of work teams that work remotely. In this sense, the platform offers the possibility of segmenting groups and individual messages through conversation threads, defining specific channels for each project, sharing documents, making voice calls, video calls, among other options.
There is also Line, a messaging application for mobile phones and computers that offers traditional messaging options, sending videos, images, audio, calls and video calls. It is the number one ‘app’ in more than 52 countries and also offers the possibility of making group video calls, surveys, synchronization of chats between devices, a wide range of stickers and a timeline to share videos and photos.
And finally, there is Hangouts, a video calling and messaging platform developed by the technology giant Google, which for its services has taken on great relevance during the covid-19 pandemic. The platform allows large coverage video calls with up to 10 people at a time and offers the traditional instant messaging service, although to use it you need to have a Google account.