WhatsApp crosses one billion users

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WhatsApp, Facebook’s mobile messaging app, has one billion users as of today, reports PTI.

“That’s nearly one in seven people on Earth who use WhatsApp each month to stay in touch with their loved ones, their friends and their family,” said WhatsApp in a blog post.

The app added 100 million users in the past five months.

When Facebook acquired the company for $19 billion (Dh69.7 billion) in February 2014, the messaging app had 450 million monthly active users.

“WhatsApp’s community has more than doubled since joining Facebook,” said Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg. “We’ve added the ability for you to call loved ones far away. We’ve dropped the subscription fee and made WhatsApp completely free. Next, we’re going to work to connect more people around the world and make it easier to communicate with businesses.”

WhatsApp had earlier announced its decision to drop the $1 subscription fee as well as the intention to remain ad-free.

More and more people have been adopting the service in developing countries such as Brazil, India and Russia in recent times.

“In India, more photos are sent using WhatsApp than in any other country in the world. As one of WhatsApp’s largest countries, it’s not surprising that the second highest number of groups are here,” PTI quotes the company as saying.



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