But Indians have started migrating to instant messaging apps like Telegram and Signal since late last year when WhatsApp announced its new policy on information sharing with parent company Facebook.
Both Signal and Telegram claim to have “state-of-the-art end-to-end encryption” as part of their services and are free to download. Ironically, Signal is headed by Brian Acton, one of the co-founders of WhatsApp. Signal also has features like voice and video calling and chat service.
WhatsApp's move to collect user information has also irked the Indian government. Last month, the Electronics and Information Technology Ministry asked WhatsApp to immediately withdraw the "discriminatory" policy for Indian users.