WhatsApp hits 2 billion user mark, vows to uphold information security

WhatsApp has defied calls by world authorities to grant third-party access to information

WhatsApp has attained 2 billion users worldwide
WhatsApp has attained 2 billion users worldwide [Photo/ Courtesy]

In Brief

– WhatsApp was founded in 2009.

– It changed ownership in 2014 when it was acquired by Facebook.

– The app has experienced robust growth in usability over the years.

Popular Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp now says that it has hit and surpassed the 2 billion user mark. During the announcement on Wednesday, the organization stressed its firm resolve to uphold strong encryption and protection of privacy, despite world law agencies pressing for more third-party access.

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The messaging app was established in 2009 and got acquired by Facebook in 2014, through arguably the largest acquisition deal on social media valued at $19 billion. By end of 2017, WhatsApp boasted of a user population scaling to 1.5 billion.

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The most popular technology with the app is the end-to-end encryption that ensures that messaging content is only accessible to the parties conversing and not to any other body – not even WhatsApp administrators.

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The provision has however attracted uproar from world authorities who cite security concerns as a basis to seek access to the app’s messages. WhatsApp has however vowed to stick to its guns saying they won’t compromise on their users’ information security.

“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,” stated a statement from Wednesday’s announcement.


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