Facebook-owned instant messaging platform, WhatsApp announced in a blog post it now has 2 billion users worldwide. In 2016, the had 1 billion users and has now doubled in the first quarter of 2020. When Facebook acquired the company in 2014, it only had 500 million users.
On the achievement, WhatsApp says, “Private conversations that once were only possible face-to-face can now take place across great distances through instant chats and video calling. There are so many significant and special moments that take place over WhatsApp and we are humbled and honored to reach this milestone.”
WhatsApp prides itself on having strong end-to-end encryption for chats and the company reiterated its commitment to this, it said:
“We know that the more we connect, the more we have to protect. As we conduct more of our lives online, protecting our conversations is more important than ever. That is why every private message sent using WhatsApp is secured with end-to-end encryption by default. Strong encryption acts like an unbreakable digital lock that keeps the information you send over WhatsApp secure, helping protect you from hackers and criminals. 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. Strong encryption is a necessity in modern life. We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe. For even more protection, we work with top security experts, employ industry leading technology to stop misuse as well as provide controls and ways to report issues — without sacrificing privacy.”
WhatsApp is expected to bring ads to its status page this year in order to monetize the platform. This was made known in 2019 at the Facebook Marketing Summit held in the Netherlands.
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