The Facebook-owned messaging service ‘’WhatsApp’’ said on Wednesday, February 13, 2020 that it now has more than two billion users around the world, as it reaffirmed its commitment to strong encryption to protect privacy.
WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook in 2014, has grown into one of the most-used services in the Facebook household of apps, offering free messaging along with voice and video calls.
Private conversations that once were only possible face-to-face can now take place across great distances through instant chats and video calling, and special moments that take place over WhatsApp and we are humbled and honoured to reach this milestone a WhatsApp blog post said.
Strong encryption is a necessity in modern life. We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe, WhatsApp said.
Last week, child protection organizations called on Facebook to halt plans for strong encryption of all its platforms, saying that would allow predators to operate freely.
WhatsApp employs “end to end encryption” which can in many cases prevent law enforcement from accessing user data even with a court order.
The social network is working to extend end-to-end encryption across its messaging applications, including Facebook Messenger and Instagram.
Facebook said recently some 2.89 billion people globally are daily users of at least one of these services.
But the growth has also attracted the attention of regulators and activists concerned over the dominance of major tech platforms. Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has been among those calling for the breakup of the big technology firms.