The largest and most populous instant messaging app, Whatsapp messenger has officially crossed the 2 billion users worldwide, which is up from 1.5 billion 2 years ago.
Whatsapp from Facebook has grown four times, since the parent company, Facebook purchase them back in 2014 at $21.8 billion with 500 million users at that time.
Although, under its parent company umbrella, Facebook, Whatsapp is the second app to hit the 2-billion-users mark, while Facebook has 2.5 billion users.
Right now, the whole Facebook family of apps records 2.89 billion total monthly users, up 9% year-over-year. Facebook noted that that there were 2.26 billion users that opened either Facebook, Messenger, Instagram or WhatsApp each day, up from 2.2 billion last quarter.
Undoubtedly, Whatsapp has connected users worldwide, especially in its own largest market, India with over 400 million users. They have also connected business partners, and even increased the growth of business awareness via their app.
Despite Facebook privacy concerns, the app grew from its 1.5 billion user milestone in 2018. Tho, in a blog post, they mentioned its commitment to privacy, reminding users that all messages are still end-to-end encrypted and are only stored on your phone and not on its servers or the cloud.
“Strong encryption acts like an unbreakable digital lock that keeps the information you send over WhatsApp secure, helping protect you from hackers and criminals. Messages are only kept on your phone, and no one in between can read your messages or listen to your calls, not even us. Your private conversations stay between you,” Whatsapp stated in the blog post.
They continued, “Private conversations that once were only possible face-to-face can now take place across great distances through instant chats and video calling. There are so many significant and special moments that take place over WhatsApp and we are humbled and honored to reach this milestone.”
Whatsapp also noted “We know that the more we connect, the more we have to protect. As we conduct more of our lives online, protecting our conversations is more important than ever”
Up till today, even after joining the 2-billion users gang, the instant messaging app, Whatsapp is still fast, reliable, efficient and more trustworthy. After all, encrypting users’ messages is still their major priority.