Facebook-owned WhatsApp says it has 2bn users

February 13, 2020

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SAN FRANCISCO: The Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp said on Wednesday it now has more than two billion users around the world, as it reaffirmed its commitment to strong encryption to protect privacy.

WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook in 2014, has grown into one of the most-used services in the Facebook “family” of apps, offering free messaging along with voice and video calls.

“Private conversations that once were only possible face-to-face can now take place across great distances through instant chats and video calling,” a WhatsApp blog post said.

“There are so many significant and special moments that take place over WhatsApp and we are humbled and honored to reach this milestone.”

The statement said WhatsApp remained committed to its “strong encryption” that enables users to connect privately even amid calls by law enforcement in the United States and elsewhere to provide more access.

Published in Dawn, February 13th, 2020