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What is the best secure messaging app?

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The world's most popular messaging apps

While encryption and privacy play a vital role in selecting which messaging app to use, its also nessesary to use the messaging apps that our friends use. According to Statista (2019) WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and WeChat, remain the world's most popular messaging apps despite Facebook's questionable privacy practices.

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  • WhatsApp is used by almost 90% of people in most countries. In fact, there are only 25 out of 195 countries where WhatsApp isn't the most used messaging app.
  • 88% of the US use Facebook Messenger, whereas over half of Latin Americans opt for WhatsApp.
  • Most of the world is using a messaging app owned by Facebook. In fact, there are only 10 countries in the world where Facebook-owned messaging apps, are not the market leader.
  • WeChat is used by the majority of people in China, since apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are banned. While Telegram, known for its tight privacy controls, has struggled to find the same mass appeal – with most of its users being based in the middle east.
  • Security and privacy within messaging apps is becoming more important, with secure chat-apps like Wire, Threema, and Silence, being the latest additions to the market. If security is your first point of call over popularity, then read on.

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