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WhatsApp Downloads Down In India By 80% After Pegasus Spyware News
Since WhatsApp brought Pegasus to the public eye last week, downloads of the app in India have reportedly declined by a staggering 80 per cent. Meanwhile, users in India have been looking at another end-to-end encrypted app, Signal, downloads of which are up by 63 per cent in the same period of time. According to data from mobile analytics and intelligence firm Sensor Tower (via Business Standard), the week before WhatsApp that it would be suing NSO Group, the Israeli firm behind the malware, app downloads stood at 8.6 million. Between 26 October and 3 November, downloads fell to 1.8 million. Telegram messenger (which is based in Russia and offers a secure messaging platform) also saw an increase in downloads in this period by 10 per cent, hitting 9,20,000.