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.
According to rebel commanders, a Syrian military helicopter was shot down on Tuesday (February 11) in the province of Idlib. Syrian men ride a motorcycle in the village of Maaret al-Naasan in Idlib province.
The virus first surfaced December in Hubei's capital, Wuhan, and has since spread to more than two dozen countries. Hubei province is ground zero of new coronavirus that continues to kill dozens on nearly a daily basis.
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Trump shared a short, profanity-laced clip from a recent Curb Your Enthusiasm episode with his 72 million followers. David is not politically affiliated with Trump and has mentioned how the red MAGA cap was a good plot device.
He struck seven fours and two sixes for his third Test half-century before holing out off spinner Taijul Islam to deep mid-wicket. On the back of the bowler's efforts, Bangladesh found themselves reeling at 126/6 at stumps, still trailing by 86 runs.
Then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders denied that her departure was related to her testimony. She was also called back into Washington in 2019 for House investigative hearings of the president.
They maybe thought, since he'd done everything so far, 'we now think these advisers are spinning against us, against Number 10 . Foreign secretary Dominic Raab, de-facto deputy prime minister Michael Gove, and meanwhile, will keep their current positions.
Despite the deep cuts, the budget plan acknowledges that the proposal would fail to eliminate the deficit over the next decade. His comments followed a House Budget Committee hearing on the president's fiscal 2021 budget request, POLITICO wrote.
They included health worker Catriona Greenwood, her husband Bob Saynor, 48, and their nine-year-old son. Staff at a local primary school are also "self-isolating" because of contact with those infected.
Tehran responded to the USA attack on Soleimani by launching missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops. The debate on the resolution opened on Wednesday, and the final vote is expected sometime on Thursday.
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The Democratic majority in the House is expected to pass the measure next, after which it would go to Trump for his signature. Meanwhile, US President said that decision if taken would send a very bad signal and allow Tehran to act with impunity.
England name squad for SL tour
However, Buttler will have to compete with Foakes for a place in the starting line-up in the two-Test series. Jofra Archer has already been ruled out of the Sri Lanka series and wasn't considered for the selection.