Many say that this is the reason why Facebook bought WhatsApp for a whopping USD 19 billion in 2014. WhatsApp is free to use and Facebook insists that it will earn from businesses who pay for the right to use the app. The social media giant explains that this is how it will keep WhatsApp free. The company had announced that the new policy will be effective from February 8, 2021. However, the widespread uproar over the issues forced Facebook to delay the WhatsApp policy change. Millions of users have started to use competing apps and this has resulted in a surge of Signal and Telegram.