WhatsApp hits one billion users

WhatsApp has announced that one billion people use the service each month.

“WhatsApp began as a simple idea: ensuring that anyone could stay in touch with family and friends anywhere on the planet, without costs or gimmicks standing in the way,” the company said.

“We’re excited to see how far we’ve come. But now, it’s back to work – because we still have another 6 billion people to get on WhatsApp, and a long way left to go.”

Mark Zuckerberg on WhatsApp’s growth

In October 2014, Facebook wrapped up its acquisition of WhatsApp, which means that Facebook now owns the largest social media platform and the largest messaging service.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the WhatsApp community has more than doubled since joining Facebook.

“We’ve added the ability for you to call loved ones far away. We’ve dropped the subscription fee and made WhatsApp completely free,” he said.

“Next, we’re going to work to connect more people around the world and make it easier to communicate with businesses.”

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