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WhatsApp down: 5 alternative messaging apps with strong privacy policy

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On Monday afternoon, WhatsApp went down around the world, leaving millions of users without contact with the outside world and seeking alternative solutions to their messaging needs. Facebook and Instagram were also down and although their services came back on a few minutes before midnight, the world was doubtlessly left ‘on hold’ for that period of time.

It is therefore imperative to check out other apps that can be used in WhatsApp’s stead as it might come in handy in case of recurrence of yesterday’s incident.

Here are five other options that offer the best privacy and security.

Telegram
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Telegram has been many people’s backup plan for WhatsApp for a while and can be used on various devices to provide secure communications.
You can also transfer your chats from WhatsApp and other applications to Telegram. This is done by simply entering the chat you want and selecting “Export chat” and then selecting Telegram and you’ll receive the chat you want.

Discord
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Starting out as a platform for the gaming community, it has evolved into a variety of tools and applications, including daily news.

Discord offers free voice, video, and text chat features that are used by tens of millions of people around 13+ to talk and hang out with their communities and friends.

Signal
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Another classic go-to when WhatsApp crashes, with users valuing its privacy settings is signal. It is an instant messaging application that uses extreme encryption to protect the communications and data of its users.
Some months ago, when Whatsapp sent users a notice that it was changing its privacy policy and sharing information with advertisers, the world’s richest man Elon Musk and several others tweeted in support of Signal. Twitter’s founder, Jack Dorsey also recommended signal as a better alternative to Whatsapp.

Line
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Line is big in Asia with a wide range of communication options and once again a strong focus on privacy.

LINE is a fast-growing mobile messenger app that offers free messaging, voice calls, and video calls

SMS
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Just because messaging apps came doesn’t mean text messages are gone. Well, they still remain a popular and reliable Plan B when the messaging app of your choice fails you and you need to send an urgent message.

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