Tuesday, 02 June, 2020

Popular Messaging Platform WhatsApp Hits 2 Billion Users Worldwide

Popular Messaging Platform Whats App Hits 2 Billion Users Worldwide WhatsApp hits 2 billion users
Cecil Davis | 13 February, 2020, 20:24

Facebook's other app, Instagram, had 1 billion users back in 2018.

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok will have to reveal users' identities if Indian government agencies ask them to, according to the country's controversial new rules for social media companies and messaging apps expected to be published later this month.

The company did not share market-wise statistics.

WhatsApp's popularity has grown despite recent controversies on how the app was used to exploit smartphone vulnerabilities and snoop on certain users across the world, including the world's richest man Jeff Bezos.

It's no secret that WhatsApp is now the most popular chat app on the planet but it seems this service is getting bigger by the 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.

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Even though the Indian government has been seeking traceability of the messages sent through WhatsApp, the company has refused to give in.

"WhatsApp started with the goal of creating a service that is simple, reliable, and private for people to use. There are so many significant and special moments that take place over WhatsApp and we are humbled and honored to reach this milestone", wrote WhatsApp team announcing this new milestone. WhatsApp's vice president of global affairs and communication Nick Clegg suggested the use of a metadata and machine intelligence that will provide basic details such as call duration among others, of "lawfully" identified the user. "As we conduct more of our lives online, protecting our conversations is more important than ever", it said in a blog.

"WhatsApp - which has been criticised by rival Telegram for not being as secure as it claims to be - said strong encryption is a necessity in modern life". Messages are only kept on your phone, and no one in between can read your messages or listen to your calls, not even us.

The company has been stressing about its end-to-end encryption that keeps conversation private and does not allow anyone, including the company to track down the messages.

Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg proposed changing the branding on WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger and making them interoperable. The government also required the apps to preserve their posts for atleast 180 days.

But even as WhatsApp has amassed all the users in the world, it is still struggling to make any substantial contribution to Facebook's bottom line.

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