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WhatsApp notches up 2bn users

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Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp now has over two billion users.

In a blog post, WhatsApp says: “We are excited to share that, as of today, WhatsApp supports more than two billion users around the world.

“Private conversations that once were only possible face-to-face can now take place across great distances through instant chats and video calling. There are so many significant and special moments that take place over WhatsApp, and we are humbled and honoured to reach this milestone.”

Facebook has 2.4 billion users.

WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, former employees of Yahoo.

In 2014, months after a venture capital financing round at a $1.5 billion valuation, Facebook announced it was acquiring WhatsApp for $19 billion, its largest acquisition to date.

“We know that the more we connect, the more we have to protect. As we conduct more of our lives online, protecting our conversations is more important than ever,” says WhatsApp.

“WhatsApp started with the goal of creating a service that is simple, reliable and private for people to use. Today we remain as committed as when we started, to help connect the world privately and to protect the personal communication of two billion users all over the world.”

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