Only 18 percent of surveyed Indians might continue using WhatsApp
In a recent survey conducted by social media platform LocalCircles, it was found that only 18 out of every 100 Indian users surveyed were willing to accept WhatsApp's updated policies and continue using the platform. WhatsApp has been at the eye of the storm in recent times for issuing users with an ultimatum to consent to sharing private data with Facebook.
LocalCircles's survey reveals dwindling WhatsApp user base
The survey received 24,000 responses from WhatsApp users in 244 districts of India. A significant 36 percent want to reduce usage drastically, whereas 15 percent want to stop using WhatsApp entirely. Just 24 percent of the responders are considering switching to other messaging platforms, while 91 percent said they will not use payment features over concerns that WhatsApp will share transaction data with Facebook.
Download count data from Sensor Tower echoes the sentiment
Separately, Sensor Tower reports Signal and Telegram have witnessed almost four million downloads in India. Signal is leading with 2.3 million new downloads between January 6 and January 10 from India alone. Signal and Telegram had 24,000 and 1.3 million downloads respectively between January 1 and January 5. That amounts to a growth rate of 9,483 percent for Signal and 15 percent for Telegram.
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