Social media is an emerging platforms with lots of room for experimentation and entrepreneurship. We come across new apps and platforms everyday but it is often difficult to decide which one is worth investing your time and money. When it comes to chatting in mobile phones, we always prefer apps like WhatsApp, Viber, and We Chat even though we have many apps that belong to this category. We chat is making quite a news across different countries as it is in competition with other chat apps but also because it has come in the limelight due to some controversies.
WeChat is a Chinese multi-purpose messaging and social media app developed by Tencent. It was first released in 2011, and by 2018 it was one of the world’s largest standalone mobile apps by monthly active users, with over 1 billion monthly active users.
WhatsApp Messenger is a freeware and cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service. The application allows the sending of text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media, documents, and user location. It has over one and a half billion users making it the most popular app of all time.
Viber is a cross-platform instant messaging and voice over IP application operated by Japanese multinational company Rakuten, provided as freeware for the Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS platforms. It has 800 million registered users, as of December 2016.
- Location Sharing: available in WhatsApp, and We Chat but not available in Viber.
- Sharing Files: available in WhatsApp, We Chat and Viber
- Free Video/Audio Calls: available in WhatsApp, We Chat and Viber
- Public Accounts and Public Chats: available only on Viber
- Friends Radar: We Chat
- Stickers: WeChat, WhatsApp, Viber
Even though We Chat has 1 Billion users, it is involved in many controversies. Recently, We Chat was banned by Australian Military by including it in SpyWare apps. Moreover, We Chat never tells it’s users when it’ll censor their messages which makes us think about our privacy. Mostly, it’ll censor the chat if there is anything anti-national. There are many controversies surrounding We Chat every day regarding privacy of messages people send.
We Chat can’t be recommended just because of the privacy issue, even though other apps are involved in activities like monitoring our chat and store them in their databases, they will not censor our chats. Time will tell if the app turns out to be a success and overcome the controversies.