The authorities also called for the new terms to be ‘suspended’ pending the outcome of it investigation. Now it will assess whether the policy change has breached Turkish competition laws that aim to prevent companies from abusing a dominant position.
Most importantly, some government ministers require citizens to use other locally developed messaging apps instead of WhatsApp. As a result, the BiP app received more than 2 million new users within 48 hours after the WhatsApp update.
Globally, WhatsApp’s rival messaging apps (such as Signal and Telegram) have witnessed a sudden rise in demand. Although Signal does not collect any metadata, Telegram collects much less data than services owned by Facebook.