WhatsApp Now Services Over a Billion Users Every Day

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Last year, WhatsApp hit the one billion mark of active users every month and on Wednesday, the company announced having hit the mark of a billion active users every day on their platform.

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WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $19 billion and has been growing ever since. Currently, it’s unarguably the biggest instant messaging app and dwarfs its competitors like Telegram, Signal, Hike and others by hundreds of millions of users.

According to the company, WhatsApp currently services over 1.3 billion active monthly users and its servers see 55 billion messages sent every day in 60 languages. In addition to that, 4.5 billion photos and 1 billion videos are also shared on the messaging app every day.

“Whether it’s sharing personalised photos and videos, connecting through video calling, or keeping friends updated throughout the day with Status, communicating on WhatsApp has never been easier or more personal. We are humbled that so many people are using these new features to connect with one another in their own special way,” the company stated.

Earlier this week, Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging service which has grown to north of 1 billion users across 180 countries announced that they’re looking to hire a Product Manager who could help them monetize the platform.

Speculations persist that this move indicates that Facebook has started to fear that the revenues from its news feed will see a steady decline over the next few years and like its monetization efforts with Messenger app, the company is also looking to capitalise on WhatsApp instant messaging service.

Following an update earlier this month, WhatsApp users can now also send any file to their contacts.

Reportedly, the file sharing limit is 128MB on iOS, 64MB on Web, and 100MB on Android. WhatsApp might consider increasing these in the future but for now, the cap will allow for high-quality image and audio files to be shared but will still not help with sharing of high-quality video files.

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