WhatsApp has proven to be a prison from which it is almost impossible to get out


Despite all the controversies and campaigns, WhatsApp is still a must for users and is far from falling.

It must be recognized that, despite all the controversies that exist with the different social networks, Mark Zuckerberg's company has managed to place itself in a position from which it is difficult to get out. The case of Facebook is a good example, although it seems stagnant and surrounds serious controversies, it is still a majority platform. And with WhatsApp, this is increased.

In recent months there has been a major controversy with the new privacy policies that WhatsApp has promoted and that have not liked in general, but still have barely made a dent in the number of users that the platform maintains. Competition is growing, but few are leaving WhatsApp.

As reported by Sensortower, Signal has grown by 1,200% in the first quarter of 2021 and Telegram by 98%, but WhatsApp has not fallen and the vast majority of users have accepted the proposed changes. And the truth is that it is difficult to leave this social network.

Although alternatives are chosen and acquaintances are encouraged to do the same, WhatsApp is very settled in the lives of many people of all ages, so much so that they see the application as something indivisible from their mobile. Convincing to change is complicated at the individual level, let alone group.

Although it is possible to perform a personal migration, it is most likely that WhatsApp groups will be lost. Be it work, family, group of friends, school acquaintances, a community of neighbors... There is always an anchor that prevents you from escaping from WhatsApp.

To this must be added that the changes that generate so much controversy are only known by a small part of society, the vast majority live outside these debates that are not usually mentioned in the most generalist media, at least until they try to regulate, and this makes it difficult to convince them.

WhatsApp has been transformed into an app that only suffers the loss of users when governments legislate to counter its policies. In the European Union, they have chosen to abandon WhatsApp and move to Signal, but when it comes to combating the practices of this company it always focuses more on taxation than on privacy.

In any case, many reasons continue to tie us to WhatsApp, so many that leaving the application becomes a decision that will almost always lead to losing something. The determining factor is whether that loss is judged sufficient when compared to what is accepted by approving what's new WhatsApp policies.

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