Why I am quitting WhatsApp? 📱🙅‍♂️

A Tale of a Giant Losing a Tiny Customer

Short Story (TL;DR)

What’s in the long story?

  • Why I don’t like the service and the apps provided by WhatsApp
  • Why I think it’s unfair that they didn’t accept my proposed changes to comply with their Terms & Conditions
  • Why we have to be careful with giant tech corporations
  • What are the alternatives to these giants
  • How to delete your account

WhatsApp services s*ck

  • It can only work if your phone is on and connected.
  • If your phone has a bad connection or is killing the app by lack of memory, the desktop app will not be able to get or send messages.
  • Also, each time I load the WhatsApp desktop app it takes me at least 20 seconds to load. So I better not be in a hurry.
  • Sending files are limited in size
  • When you send an image, it gets compressed
  • You need to connect it to a cloud provider such as Google Drive to save your history
  • WhatsApp belongs to Facebook, another tech giant (which leads to centralization of power)
  • By default, it downloads all the pictures and videos you receive and it can be quickly spammy and space-consuming
  • The search doesn’t let you find links
  • WhatsApp is not developer friendly

Why was I even using it?

Rest In Peace WhatsBlast

How did it work?

  1. Create a group, let’s call this group “Friends”, made of 42 of my phone contacts.
  2. Write your message using the tags for example “Hello <Firstname>, I would like to invite you to my bye-bye party on Saturday 12th. Are you joining ?”.
  3. Once the message is written you can see a preview with all the 42 messages filled with the first name of your contacts.
  4. Then you press send and the “magic” happens, WhatsBlast would open an URL like this: https://wa.me/$PHONE?text=$MESSAGE replacing the $PHONE by the phone number of the first contact and $MESSAGEby the message with the first name of the contact. By opening this URL, WhatsApp will open the chat page of the contact with the message prefilled (if the contact is using WhatsApp of course).
  5. The user has to press send (after eventually correcting the message) and press the back button.
  6. When pressing the back button the step 4 and 5 will be repeated with the 2nd contact of the group, and then repeated again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again (42 times because there were 42 contacts in the “Friends” group) 😅.
It’s more or less like doing this 42 times on your smartphone

That’s not very magic, right?

Screenshot from WhatsBlast on Google Play

Then why did WhatsApp lawyers ask me to remove it?

  • “violate, misappropriate, or infringe the rights of WhatsApp”
  • “involve sending illegal or impermissible communications, such as bulk messaging, auto-messaging, auto-dialing, and the like;”
  • “non-personal use of our Services unless otherwise authorized by us”
  • “create derivative works”
  • “interfere with or disrupt the safety, security, or performance of our Services”
  • “collect the information of or about our users in any impermissible or unauthorized manner”
  • To create a new app with whatever name, let’s say “FastBlast”
  • This app will have the same flow as the current WhatsBlast BUT
  • The app will not be linked to WhatsApp
  • The user will have to fill an input with any messenger “deeplink” (for example for WhatsApp it’s this one “https://wa.me/" and for viber something like this “viber://add?number=”)
  • Deep links will not be provided, it is up to the user to find the right one and to add it
  • The word WhatsApp will be removed from description
  • To put the source code open (without providing any APK, or IPA) on GitHub
  • To remove the WhatsApp deeplink from the source code

The power of the wildcard in the legal world

Rest in peace my dear WhatsBlast ⚰️

Any legal alternative?

Beware of the giants (GAFAM)

I want to conclude this post by wishing luck to all those striving for decentralization, balance and equality in the world. You are fighting the right battle. This battle may well be the most important battle of our generation. We hope that you succeed where we have failed.
- Pavel Durov

We are not doomed! 😌

  • Using a privacy-focused service
  • Using open source
  • Using a decentralized and anonymous (or pseudonymous) technology

Yes I am doing it, I am closing my WhatsApp account

How to delete a WhatsApp account 📱🙅‍♂️

Should you delete your account too?

Will I survive?

How to get used to it?

What is next?

How to reach me?

Do you know me personally?

You don’t?

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Sandoche ADITTANE

Hello, I’m Sandoche Adittane. I learn about one topic every month and write a post about it!