Finally, WhatsApp has reached a major milestone, which was just like a dream for the biggest social media platform Facebook, a few years ago. We have reports that the messenger application has finally revealed that more than 2 billion users are using the service, and it is a figure which the parent company reached back in 2017.
The company didn’t explain how the user count was achieved, but it’s not difficult to see why. In many parts of the world, WhatsApp is a key element in mobile communications, and in some cases, it plays a key role in shopping, political campaigning, and other facets of everyday life. There are many rivals of the messenger app in the market, and this includes its sibling ‘Facebook Messenger.’
WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption technology to protect all chat contents by default. According to WhatsApp’s blog posts, not even WhatsApp can read messages or hear calls among conversation participants. Yet, for security reasons, encryption technology has taken retrospect around the world.
In India, the government has demanded regulations that give WhatsApp access to encrypted data. India has more users than any domestic Messaging app, according to a recent report. Similar laws regarding the encrypted data are also being discussed in countries like Australia and the United Kingdom.
In October, US Prosecutor General William Barr called on Facebook to postpone its schedules to encrypt messages on the platform by mentioning that terrorist and sex-trafficking information can be distributed across encrypted messaging apps. WhatsApp strongly defended its encryption technology.
“We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe,” according to WhatsApp’s announcement on Wednesday. “For even more protection, we work with top security experts, employ industry-leading technology to stop misuse as well as provide controls and ways to report issues without sacrificing privacy.”