Facebook’s WhatsApp hits a new milestone as it claims 2 billion users worldwide, just shy of Facebook’s 2.5 billion.
While everyone is busy looking at the risks of having two companies controlling the Internet – i.e. Google and Facebook – no one seemed bothered to watch the rise of WhatsApp.
Today, the Facebook-owned messaging service has 2 billion users worldwide, just shy of Facebook’s 2.5 billion, and a lot more than Instagram’s 1 billion. Yet, WhatsApp remains one of the most secure online platforms. The company has just reiterated the importance it puts on encrypting users’ messages, despite the increasing pressure of lawmakers.
— Geoff D. (@Geoffdx) February 12, 2020
WhatsApp CEO, Will Cathcart, explained that there is no plan for the platform to disable encryption: “For all of human history, people have been able to communicate privately with each other, and we don’t think that should go away in a modern society.”
However, Cathcart also reiterated that the company would be open to provide metadata to the authorities when justified.