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WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram and Others: What Is The Situation in The World?

WhatsApp, alternative apps Telegram, Signal and others that anger their users with the updated user agreement Which is the most used in the world; what could happen in the future?

WhatsApp’s new user agreement brought great discussions around the world. Basically, following the new contract that requires us to give WhatsApp (or Facebook, which owns it) the right to collect our personal data and share it with third parties, a new trend has begun to abandon WhatsApp and switch to alternative applications.

When we look at Google Play or App Store, it can be easily seen that this trend is effective. Messaging apps such as Telegram, Signal, and Bip top the top downloads of both app stores. WhatsApp, which is used to being at the top of the lists, cannot find a place in the top 10.

But when this is the case with us, what is happening on Earth? Let’s first, let’s see which application is number 1 in which country.

In fact, the issue of who is number 1 in which countries is not a long-standing issue. Because WhatsApp is number 1 in all countries except 15 countries. These 15 countries include France, Portugal, Scandinavian countries, North American countries, Australia, China and North African countries.

Most Used Messaging Applications

Most Used Messaging Applications But what are the most used messaging applications worldwide, how many active users per month? What is happening in the world when we try to leave WhatsApp? Statista’s chart below answers these questions.

WhatsApp, the Undisputed Number One

According to Statista’s data, WhatsApp is the world’s # 1 messaging app with 2 billion monthly active users. While continuing on its way with a rapid growth, WhatsApp, which was purchased by Facebook for $ 19 billion in 2014, found itself in the hands of Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg promised users that there would be no such thing as sharing their data after this purchase. But with the end-user agreement, that promise seems to be gone.

The interesting part is that the contract that WhatsApp wants us to sign is out of the question in the European Union countries. The EU attaches great importance to the privacy of personal data and does not hesitate to intimidate the technology giants. On the other hand, giants like Facebook cannot move “by waving their hands and arms” to avoid any sanctions.

Facebook is in Second: Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger, which was created in 2011 by “recruiting” from Facebook Chat, continues its strong presence alongside WhatsApp. Facebook Messenger has 1.3 billion monthly active users. Messenger often uses the data it receives from Facebook. So Facebook Messenger users have already handed their data to Facebook for years.

China’s WeChat Ranked Third

Developed by Chinese Tencent and used extensively in China, WeChat can reach 1.2 billion active users per month. Of course, the fact that some apps like Facebook Messenger are banned in China also affects this. But all this success should not be linked to geography. Especially in Eastern Europe and Asia, the proportion of WeChat users is not at all low.

Another Chinese: QQ is in Fourth Place

Although WeChat is an application that attracts attention all over the world, QQ is used almost entirely in China. QQ, published in 1999, has 648 million monthly active users. Unlike WeChat, it doesn’t require a phone number for use. Preferred by the young population in China, QQ is not preferred by middle-aged and old people. Their preference is usually for WeChat.

Snapchat Ranked Fifth with 433 Million

Although Snapchat is described as “lite social media” by some, it has a certain weight in messaging. The number of active users of 433 million per month is proof of this. Snapchat, which is especially preferred by young users, also has an ambitious goal of driving the “generation Z” away from Facebook.

And Sixth Place: Telegram

Telegram actually looks like WhatsApp’s remote cousin. Founded in 2013 by Russian investor Pavel Durov, Telegram is not at all behind WhatsApp with its services and facilities. Moreover, it offers an option called “secret chat”. Conversations made through this option do not leave a single trace on the company’s servers.


Although Signal, owned by Open Whisper Systems, cannot find a place among the most used ones in the world, it is on its way to becoming popular in our country lately. While the contact list is not encrypted in WhatsApp, even this list is encrypted in Signal. Voice encryption is based on the Zimmermann Real-Time Transport Communication Protocol. This is the most important factor that increases security and privacy.

US computer programmer Brian Acton, a co-founder of WhatsApp, is the Chairman of The Signal Foundation, one of Signal’s developers. Acton is a name that left Facebook, which bought WhatsApp, in 2017 due to differences of opinion regarding the application.