WhatsApp reaches 2 billion users

WhatsApp Whats App now has 2 billion users worldwide- Latest news

WhatsApp Whats App now has 2 billion users worldwide- Latest news

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is announcing a major milestone today. In February 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had said WhatsApp had 1.5 billion monthly active users (MAUs) who are exchanging almost 60 billion messages on a single day.

In 2014, WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for nearly $21.8 billion - huge amount even considering that at the time the messaging app already had 500 million users.

Facebook had about 2.50 billion monthly active users as of December 31, the company said. The service had 1.5 billion users back in 2018, and 1 billion back in 2016.

India is among the biggest markets for WhatsApp.

Chinese GP postponed due to coronavirus as F1 seeks new date
The event, though, was eventually scrapped after organisers in Nur-Sultan declined to take up the role of replacement hosts. The race was scheduled for April 19 in Shanghai, but Formula 1 postponed the race at the request of the Shanghai promoter.

WhatsApp head Will Cathcart took this opportunity to signify the importance of encryption as the service's end-to-end encryption faces increased pressure from governments and lawmakers around the world. Messages are only kept on your phone, and no one in between can read your messages or listen to your calls, not even us. "Your private conversations stay between you", it said. This was on display late October, when WhatsApp filed a suit in federal court accusing Israeli mobile surveillance maker NSO Group of creating an exploit that was used hundreds of times to hack into targets' phone.

"Strong encryption is a necessity in modern life", the company wrote.

Simplicity and security are the two main reasons people prefer WhatsApp over other messaging apps. WhatsApp joined Facebook in 2014, but continues to operate as a separate app. But something even more interesting has happened in the meantime.

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