Facebook-owned WhatsApp messenger is now used by 2 billion people across the globe. The social media giant announced the news in its blog post.
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WhatsApp is the second app to surpass the 2 billion mark, Facebook holds the crown. WhatsApp didn’t exactly reveal as to how the numbers were calculated but it said that it had 500 million users in 2014, the same time when Facebook bought the startup for $19 billion.
Even though the achievement is quite commendable, WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption has always been the epicenter of controversies. Why you would ask! Well, privacy is dangerous when it comes to terrorism child exploitation and other crimes. Governments can’t read messages of people suspected of being involved in heinous crimes and that has irked many lawmakers around the globe. WhatsApp is facing pressure over encrypted messaging for quite a while now.
WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart said, “For all of human history, people have been able to communicate privately with each other, and we don’t think that should go away in modern society.”
In the blog, WhatsApp mentioned: “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.”