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Pavel Durov, founder of Telegram, wrote about “why using WhatsApp is dangerous”, citing the attack against Jeff Bezos.

Second, there are backdoors. Enforcement agencies are not too happy with encryption, forcing app developers to secretly plant vulnerabilities in their apps. I know that because we’ve been approached by some of them – and refused to cooperate. As a result, Telegram is banned in some countries where WhatsApp has no issues with authorities, most suspiciously in Russia and Iran.

I’m still using WhatsApp, because I’m more or less forced to do so (important groups etc.), but Telegram is by far my favorite messenger, not necessarily because it’s “more secure”, but because it has a way better user experience. Cross device cloud chats work perfectly when using multiple computers and smartphones. However, I wish Telegram would open-source their backend code too.

I deleted my Facebook account back in 2017. If you still have an Facebook account, maybe think again if you really need it. There’s this site and Kev Quirk also wrote a list of reasons why using Facebook might be a bad idea.

Although I have no Facebook account anymore, I still use WhatsApp and Instagram. WhatsApp is really popular in Germany (despite being owned by Facebook) and without WhatsApp you would socially exclude yourself from too many things. All university groups are coordinated via WhatsApp - although I study computer science and people there have technical knowledge, it’s sad… I only use it for group chats though, because almost all my contacts use Telegram.

In the past I used Instagram to share moments from my life, stay in touch with some people and get to know new people, but since I’ve been in a happy relationship, my Instagram usage decreased to almost zero. I will probably export everything and post pictures on PixelFed or maybe a section on my website or blog instead.

Have you noticed, too? At least for me, it felt like nothing was happening on Facebook. My generation (I was born 1999) seems to use Facebook only to comment on useless memes and mark each other as often as possible under posts. Maybe it may be because of my age group, but Facebook is somehow not what it used to be. In the past, we used to share and comment on each other’s experiences on Facebook, sharing and commenting on each other’s lives.
Jan-Lukas Else
20 years old student who writes about everything he cares about.