Elon Musk urged users to use the privacy-focused messaging app Signal after WhatsApp forced users to agree to controversial new terms and conditions

The SpaceX and Tesla boss tweeted on Thursday: “Use Signal” after the term “WhatsApp” was used on Twitter due to the app’s new privacy policy

Facebook’s own app forces all users to comply with the new policy by the 8th Agree to February, or lose access to their messages and contacts

The new terms mean that private data collected by WhatsApp, including a user’s IP address and phone number, will be shared with Facebook

The tech billionaire who overtook Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday to become the richest person in the world also shared a meme highlighting Facebook’s perceived stance towards user privacy

It’s not the first time that Mr Musk has criticized Facebook and called the social media giant “lame” last February

He also added the hashtag #DeleteFacebook, referring to a popular campaign at the time related to another privacy controversy

Neither SpaceX nor Tesla have official Facebook pages after Mr Musk ordered them to be removed in 2018

“I don’t use FB and never have,” he tweeted at the time, “So don’t think I’m some kind of martyr or my businesses are taking a heavy blow”

He added, “It’s not a political statement and I didn’t do this because someone dared me to do it. Facebook just doesn’t like Giving me the willies We’re sorry”

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