WhatsApp records over 2bn users worldwide

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The Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has said it now has more than two billion users around the world.

AFP reports that the Social Media messaging platform disclosed this Wednesday, February 12, as it reaffirmed its commitment to strong encryption to protect privacy of its users.

Recall that WhatsApp was 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 honoured to reach this milestone,” said the statement.

WhatsApp remains committed to its “strong encryption” that enables users to connect privately even amid calls by law enforcement in the United States (US) and elsewhere to provide more access, it stated.

“Strong encryption is a necessity in modern life. We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe.

“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,” WhatsApp said.

Last week, child protection organisations called on Facebook to halt plans for strong encryption of all its platforms, saying that would allow predators to operate freely.

WhatsApp employs “end to end encryption” which can in many cases prevent law enforcement from accessing user data even with a court order.

The social network is working to extend end-to-end encryption across its messaging applications, including Facebook Messenger and Instagram, AFP reported.

WhatsApp is one member of the Facebook app “family” that includes its core social network, Instagram and Messenger.

Whereas Facebook said recently some 2.89 billion people globally are daily users of at least one of these services.

But the growth has also attracted the attention of regulators and activists concerned over the dominance of major tech platforms.

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