Friday, 21 February, 2020


WhatsApp now has more than 2 billion users, second only to Facebook

WhatsApp Hits $2 Bn Users Mark Globally WhatsApp hits 2 billion users, up from 1.5 billion 2 years ago
Melba Vasquez | 13 February, 2020, 20:25

When Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014, it had 500 million users.

As a comparison, the latest figures show Facebook Messenger now comes second with 1.3 billion and WeChat has 1.13 billion.

This follows a report last month where it was revealed that WhatsApp had crossed the 5 billion install mark on the PlayStore.

In fact last week, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had slammed WhatsApp saying identification of message originators remained an outstanding concern with the messaging platform. The messaging app now counts more than 2 billion monthly users, Facebook announced on Wednesday.

Reiterating its stance on encryption in the global announcement, WhatsApp said strong encryption is a necessity in modern life and that it will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe. Indeed, WhatsApp has become the official communicating channel for several companies.

There are other governments like India (its largest market with about 400 million users) and the United States who are calling for the messaging app to drop the encryption citing terrorism and crimes like sex trafficking that can be propagated through encrypted platforms.

That is why every private message sent using WhatsApp is secured with end-to-end encryption by default.

"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". "As we conduct more of our lives online, protecting our conversations is more important than ever", WhatsApp reiterated. Facebook argues that encryption, which prevents anyone, including Facebook, from reading users' messages, is good for user privacy, though it also makes it harder for law enforcement to track and monitor some criminal behavior. "Your private conversations stay between you", it said.

They also have to establish a brick-and-mortar operation within India, as well as appoint a "grievance officer" who'll serve as the government's liaison.

Simplicity and security are the two main reasons people prefer WhatsApp over other messaging apps.

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