Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging provider now has 2 billion users all over the world, the corporate announced in a weblog post lately, up from 1.5 billion and 1 billion users in 2018 and 2016, respectively. That compares to 2.5 billion customers for Fb itself, in line with The Wall Side Road Journal, and 1 billion Instagram customers (even if that number is from June 2018).
WhatsApp used the milestone to reiterate the significance of encrypting its users’ messages, a convention that is coming underneath increasing quantities of pressure from lawmakers around the global. Governments argue that being not able to learn other folks’s messages makes it harder to discover when the messaging app is being used to facilitate terrorism, child exploitation, and different crimes.
“For all of human historical past, other people had been in a position to keep up a correspondence privately with each other.”
WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart says that the corporate has no plans to disable encryption on its carrier. “For all of human historical past, other people were in a position to keep up a correspondence privately with each other, and we don’t assume that should go away in a contemporary society,” he instructed The Wall Street Magazine. On The Other Hand, the CEO added that WhatsApp will supply metadata whilst it’s helpful for an investigation.
within the future, Cathcart advised the WSJ that the corporate is operating to make the service interoperable with Fb’s other messaging clients in plans announced by way of Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg ultimate 12 months. However, Cathcart admitted this integration will have its limits, with a few options that are present on a messaging provider like Messenger not translating into WhatsApp.