In the past few days, many Hong Kong people have added two new applications-Signal and MeWe-to replace WhatsApp and Facebook that have been used for many years. Posts and QR Codes emerged on social sharing platforms, and people rushed to tell their new accounts, calling for each other to meet again "on the other side".
Italian regulators also criticized, on January 14 that WhatsApp did not clearly explain the changes in privacy terms to users, making it difficult to make appropriate decisions. The authorities said they were ready to intervene in the incident urgently and have also asked the EU Data Protection Commission to pay attention to the incident. Earlier this week, the Turkish Competition Authority began investigating whether WhatsApp and Facebook had illegally abused their market dominance, and prohibited the two from sharing user information before the investigation was completed.
In the face of strong backlash from many parties, WhatsApp announced that it will postpone the deadline for the implementation of the new policy to May 15 to allow users enough time to read and understand the terms.
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