In addition to all this, for further damage control, WhatsApp just said that they would be postponing the requirement of consent from users for their new policy by three months. What this means is that WhatsApp is trying to give its users the blatant message that, whatever happens, they aren’t going to actually change their policy, but will do everything except that in order to retain their users. As is pretty damn evident, this is sleazy scumbag behaviour and I personally believe no one is going to fall for it, so take my advice and leave WhatsApp for the better alternatives like Signal and Telegram.
This isn’t to say that the alternatives are easier to use, or better in every way than WhatsApp, but if you’re interested in retaining the information of your digital footprint, leaving WhatsApp (and in fact all the Facebook subsidiaries, especially the main Facebook app) is the best pathway to freedom at this point of time. I have personally been using Signal and Telegram both for a long time (3+ years) by now, and I can vouch for Telegram to be even more user-friendly, and secure than WhatsApp. Of course, the final choice is yours, but I hope this little something that I’ve written changes the way you feel about this cursed conglomerate giant and its application.