Facebook-owned WhatsApp says it has 2 billion users

Facebook-owned WhatsApp says it has 2 billion users

Silhouettes of mobile users
FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Whatsapp logo in this picture illustration taken Mar 28, 2018. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)

SAN FRANCISCO: The Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp said Wednesday (Feb 12) it now has more than two billion users around the world, as it reaffirmed its stand on the need for strong encryption to protect privacy.

WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook in 2014, has grown into one of the most-used services in the Facebook "family" of apps, touted its "strong encryption" that enables users to connect privately even amid calls by law enforcement in the United States and elsewhere to provide more access.

"We know that the more we connect, the more we have to protect," a WhatsApp blog said.

"That is why every private message sent using WhatsApp is secured with end-to-end encryption by default. Strong encryption acts like an unbreakable digital lock that keeps the information you send over WhatsApp secure, helping protect you from hackers and criminals."

Source: AFP/nh