Streaming issues? Report here
John Maytham 2019 1500 BW John Maytham 2019 1500 BW
Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
15:00 - 18:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield
See full line-up
Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
15:00 - 18:00
Home
arrow_forward
Business
fiber_manual_record
Lifestyle
fiber_manual_record
World

Telegram now counts 500m active users. 'People are rebelling against Facebook!'

13 January 2021 9:03 PM
Tags:
Facebook
Social media
The Money Show
Bruce Whitfield
WhatsApp
Telegram
Stuff Magazine
Toby Shapshak
online privacy

The new privacy policy being implemented by WhatsApp's parent company is the straw that broke the consumer's back - Toby Shapshak

People everywhere are flocking to messaging apps like Signal and Telegram, in view of pending changes to WhatsApp's privacy policy.

The new terms will enable WhatsApp to share more data with parent company Facebook.

On Tuesday, Telegram's chief reported the app had more than 500 million monthly active users in the first weeks of January, "25 million joining in the last 72 hours alone".

Various experts have proffered diverging opinions on WhatsApp users' best course of action.

RELATED: No point in ditching WhatsApp if you still use Insta and Facebook, says expert

During an earlier interview on CapeTalk, social media law expert Emma Sadleir issued a stark warning about exposing children to Telegram.

RELATED: WhatsApp alternative Telegram is a hotbed of 'horrific pornography'

Bruce Whitfield interviews Toby Shapshak, publisher of Stuff magazine:

"We're eternally on some kind of WhatsApp group... For that alone, I'm just not going to agree to the terms before February 8th and see what happens!"

What we're seeing is just the further development of Facebook strategy to prevent the US government breaking it up. I think that's the underlying motive.

Toby Shapshak, Publisher - Stuff magazine

European regulators have fined Facebook repeatedly for breaking all of the things that it said it wouldn't do with WhatsApp and it's just hoarded all of that data over.

Toby Shapshak, Publisher - Stuff magazine

Facebook basically controls the communication of the world, says Shapshak.

People are rebelling against it as they should! You can see everybody is trying the alternative... at the behest of this monolithic messaging company Facebook that has over 2.2 billion people on the 'mother ship'...

Toby Shapshak, Publisher - Stuff magazine

I think this is the straw that broke the consumer's back when it comes to privacy... If you use Facebook you probably agreed to a whole host of things you don't know you've agreed to!

Toby Shapshak, Publisher - Stuff magazine

Anyone on Telegram will tell you... I scrolled through five screens of sign-ons, very irritating!

Toby Shapshak, Publisher - Stuff magazine

With so much of our personal information already out there, why should we care that Facebook wants access to our WhatsApp data?

Shapshak says we should care.

It's our most intimate, personal, private data - where we go, what we do, who our friends are...

Toby Shapshak, Publisher - Stuff magazine

These vast messaging companies are asking us to part with all of this extremely intimate information not to make our lives better! They're doing it because they make huge amounts of profit!

Toby Shapshak, Publisher - Stuff magazine

What Facebook and Google sell is not a communication network to us - they sell us to their advertising clients!

Toby Shapshak, Publisher - Stuff magazine

Neither Signal nor Telegram is owned by the world's largest largest advertising company that makes billions through knowing what you're up to, he says.

Listen to Shapshak's passionate argument on The Money Show:


This article first appeared on 702 : Telegram now counts 500m active users. 'People are rebelling against Facebook!'




13 January 2021 9:03 PM
Tags:
Facebook
Social media
The Money Show
Bruce Whitfield
WhatsApp
Telegram
Stuff Magazine
Toby Shapshak
online privacy

More from Business

What’s the cost of not having electricity? – Cosatu on powerships

20 April 2021 2:20 PM

"We have to get every possible sort of electricity into the economy," says Cosatu Parliamentary Coordinator Matthew Parks.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

How to buy a basket of cryptocurrencies in South Africa – got R150?

20 April 2021 1:15 PM

"We’re exceptionally easy to use," says Revix founder Sean Andrew Sanders. "You can start with R150."

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Post Office will be efficient and no drain on taxpayers in 3 years 'or so' - CEO

20 April 2021 10:41 AM

Refilwe Moloto interviews Nomkhita Mona, the newly appointed CEO of the South African Post Office.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Find the next Bitcoin with Revix

20 April 2021 9:10 AM

The world is changing, your investments should be too. Revix.com's bundles make it easier for you to invest in cryptocurrencies.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Outbreak of 'highly pathogenic' bird flu threatens SA poultry industry

19 April 2021 7:42 PM

"It’s easily transmissible," says Colin Steenhuisen. "This is an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza."

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Oracle pulls the plug on Eskom: 'No big impact on operations'

19 April 2021 7:07 PM

Oracle has ended IT support to Eskom, claiming non-payment. Bruce Whitfield interviewed Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

National Treasury suggests Tokyo Sexwale fell for a huge scam

19 April 2021 6:30 PM

"Sadly, we can’t find any evidence of such funds," says Ismail Momoniat, Deputy Director General at National Treasury.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'If you have insurance, you have fire insurance. Take your kids and leave!'

19 April 2021 4:24 PM

"You are definitely covered for fire," says Christelle Colman (Old Mutual Insure). "When the evacuation calls come; just go!"

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

China's economy grows at all-time record pace – up 18.3% in Q1/2021

16 April 2021 3:20 PM

The world’s 2nd-largest economy - after the United States - grew at its fastest ever pace in the first quarter of 2021.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Sub-Saharan Africa will have the slowest growing economies in the world in 2021

16 April 2021 2:44 PM

The poorest region in the world is projected to grow at 3.4%, kneecapped by the slow pace of Covid-19 vaccine rollouts.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

More from Lifestyle

How to buy a basket of cryptocurrencies in South Africa – got R150?

20 April 2021 1:15 PM

"We’re exceptionally easy to use," says Revix founder Sean Andrew Sanders. "You can start with R150."

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'If you have insurance, you have fire insurance. Take your kids and leave!'

19 April 2021 4:24 PM

"You are definitely covered for fire," says Christelle Colman (Old Mutual Insure). "When the evacuation calls come; just go!"

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Show your liver some love this World Liver Day!

19 April 2021 6:00 AM

This #WorldLiverDay, celebrated annually on 19 April, Essentiale® Extreme wants you to show your liver some love!

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Shakespeare schools festival with a South African twist returns this year

17 April 2021 10:43 AM

The 11th annual Shakespeare Schools Festival kicks off at the Artscape theatre in Cape Town next week.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

SA actress Quanita Adams shares 80s and 90s hits on Sunday

16 April 2021 5:50 PM

The Multiple award-winning South African actress shares her favourite feel-good songs from the 80s and 90s on #AnHourWith at 10am.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

John Maytham's Book Reviews: 16 April 2021

16 April 2021 5:40 PM

John's three book picks for the week.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Muizenberg day service centre opens for homeless, offers counselling and meals

16 April 2021 4:23 PM

The Muizenberg Improvement District (MID) has partnered with NPO U-Turn to offer a space for homeless people to receive support.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

How special operation fixed Capetonian Simone Blanckenberg's lymphedema

16 April 2021 3:41 PM

Pippa Hudson chats to Simone Blanckenberg and Dr Laura Redman about their journey in tackling this condition.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Give your child the best education you can afford – here’s how to invest

16 April 2021 11:03 AM

Personal finance advisor Warren Ingram on how to save and invest for your child’s future education.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'Seven in ten South Africans spend all their income or more every single month'

15 April 2021 8:10 PM

The latest Deloitte consumer survey shows we are more worried about our finances than Covid, says Mike Vincent (senior partner).

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

More from World

Find the next Bitcoin with Revix

20 April 2021 9:10 AM

The world is changing, your investments should be too. Revix.com's bundles make it easier for you to invest in cryptocurrencies.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

New Zealand wants smoking ban for people born after 2004

18 April 2021 11:50 AM

New Zealand is considering proposals to achieve its aim of being 'smoke-free' by 2025 says Australia correspondent Katie MacDonald.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'Police killed him within one minute' - widow of Lindani Myeni speaks out

18 April 2021 10:52 AM

The former KZN rugby star was shot and killed in Hawaii on Wednesday. Lindsay Myeni speaks out in an emotional interview.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Canadian politician caught with his pants down during Parly Zoom meeting

16 April 2021 11:01 AM

He did manage to cover his privates with his cell phone, jokes Adam Gilchrist in The World View report.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

The smarter way to invest in crypto – Revix

16 April 2021 8:00 AM

Is there a way to take some of the risks out of investing in cryptos? Yes, by building a balanced portfolio that helps spread some of the risks.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Bernie Madoff, king of Ponzi schemes, dies in prison aged 82

14 April 2021 7:05 PM

What lessons can South Africans learn from the Madoff disaster? Bruce Whitfield interviews Vestact's Michael Treherne.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'It's completely blown our minds' - My Octopus Teacher bags Bafta Award

14 April 2021 1:04 PM

South African documentary film 'My Octopus Teacher' has won a Bafta Award for Best Documentary.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Joe Biden will withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by 11 September 2021

14 April 2021 11:08 AM

The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for 20 years – the longest of the many wars it has fought.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

SA Olympians to show off local vellies at Tokyo Games

13 April 2021 6:55 PM

'We've got a colour shoe for every ring of the Olympic Games!' The Money Show interviews Veldskoen CEO Nick Dreyer.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

SA health experts are meeting after US recommends halting J&J vaccinations

13 April 2021 6:43 PM

Six cases of rare type of blood clotting have been reported out of a total of 6.8 million vaccinations with the J&J Covid-19 shot.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward