WhatsApp reaches 2 billion user milestone

WhatsApp has reached another major milestone. The messaging service has announced that is has over 2 billion users as of February 12th 2020.

It has now become only the second social networking service that has reached this milestone, the other being their parent company, Facebook, back in 2017. We aren’t sure how exactly they’ve measured that number, but presumably it is the number of monthly active users.

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It has become a staple in communication in many parts around the world and has also ventured into business communication tolls as well. It can be used in banking, shopping services and almost every aspect of communication in the modern world.

In the blog post, WhatsApp also highlights its efforts to fight anti-encryption efforts. Some major governments around the world is asking major technology companies to build backdoors into their systems in order to gain access to encrypted messages. This is reportedly for security purposes, but technology companies are fighting back.

WhatsApp says that strong encryption was a “necessity in modern life,” and that it would “not compromise” on security features like its end-to-end encryption. As the world becomes ever more connected, private online security becomes ever more important.

WhatsApp has certainly changed the way we communicate with our friends and family, but also with colleagues, clients and suppliers. How many WhatsApp groups are you part of (regardless of whether you want to be in them or whether it may be a ‘hokkie-groep’)?

It will be interesting to see how WhatsApp continues its growth path. Since buying the messaging service, Facebook has gone back and forth for years about how they are to monetise the service. They have dabbled with the idea of adding an advertising layer to the app, but have backtracked after some major pushback. Luckily, for the time being, over 2 billion of us can still use the service for free.