Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Whatsapp Now Has More Than Two Billion Users Worldwide

Whatsapp Now Has More Than Two Billion Users Worldwide

Facebook passed 2 billion monthly users in 2017, but its growth has since slowed amid privacy scandals and increasing scrutiny from officials around the world.

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok will have to reveal users' identities if Indian government agencies ask them to, according to the country's controversial new rules for social media companies and messaging apps expected to be published later this month.

There are other governments like India (its largest market with about 400 million users) and the USA 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.

The messaging service announced the latest tally Wednesday, about six years after Facebook Inc. acquired the app for US$19 billion. This means a quarter of the world now uses the messaging platform with end-to-end encryption.

"Private conversations that once were only possible face-to-face can now take place across great distances through instant chats and video calling".

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There is little doubt that WhatsApp altered communication irreversibly in the past decade. Messages are only kept on your phone, and no one in between can read your messages or listen to your calls, not even us. All WhatsApp messages are secured with end-to-end encryption by default. "We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe", WhatsApp added.

Along with making this huge announcement, WhatsApp has also spoken about how it will continue to keep conversations made across the service private.

The government for some time has been working on rules and guidelines for social media and messaging apps.

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.

In a statement marking its 2 billion-user milestone, Facebook emphasized WhatsApp's use of encryption. In addition, WhatsApp has also highlighted that it will have to change the fundamentals of the app to allow anyone to trace the messages.

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