Updated 16 February 2022: After consideration, will tone down some my Anti-Facebook (Anti-Meta inc.) rhetoric. That said, my WhatsApp account is staying inactive for now.
My WhatsApp account has been mothballed. For the current list of communication channels I am available on, please visit nui.nz/contact.
The vast majority of my social contacts have since made themselves available and readily contactable on alternative platforms such as Signal, Telegram and Matrix (via Element.io) making the move away from WhatsApp feasible.
Current Ideological preference is for people to contact me via Element/Matrix, with the Matrix standard being a self host-able, federated and decentralized system. More pragmatic preference is for people to use Signal (which while is yet another centralized system controlled by one organization) is being billed the most WhatsApp like alternative and far more people know about it along with far easier on boarding for non-techie folk.
With that all said, I acknowledge there’s always a possibility in the future that someone may come along to twist my arm and compel me to come back to WhatsApp.