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WhatsApp hits 2 billion users monthly

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has just recorded two billion monthly active user status, making it one of the most popular communication and social engagement sites in the world.

Moved by the feat, the platform says it will continue to ensure communication through it is secured.

In a statement, Facebook owner, Mark Zuckerberg, said: “many significant and special moments take place over WhatsApp, so we are humbled and honoured to reach this milestone”.

He however emphasised that protecting conversations on the platform, was more important than ever.

He said whatsapp will continue to use default end-to-end encryption in messages.

This stand was met with mixed feelings by some government officials when WhatsApp made it known in 2018 and thought to be among the reasons why co-founder Jan Koum stepped down as CEO. WhatsApp described strong encryption as a “necessity in modern life”, emphasising messages on its platform are only kept on the user’s phone and no one in-between can read someone’s messages or listen to their calls, not even WhatsApp managers.

He said: “Privacy and security is in our DNA, which is why we have end-to-end encryption. This means that messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, status updates and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands”. WhatsApp was founded by Jan Koum and Brian Acton in the beginning of 2009. It was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in February 2014, when the app had nearly half a billion monthly active users. In February 2016, Zuckerberg announced the app has reached a base of one billion monthly active users globally. The service hit 1.5 billion monthly active users in January 2018.

Data from analyst company App Annie showed WhatsApp was the top-performing app in terms of monthly active users in 2019, followed by Facebook’s core social media app, Messenger, Tencent’s WeChat and Instagram.

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