WhatsApp’s Monthly User Base Now Stands at 1.3 Billion
Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in early 2014.
Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in early 2014.(Photo: iStock)

WhatsApp’s Monthly User Base Now Stands at 1.3 Billion

Messaging app WhatsApp said on Thursday that it has crossed the one-billion daily users milestone globally. WhatsApp said in a statement:

Just last year, we shared that one billion people around the world use WhatsApp every month. Today, we are excited and proud to share that one billion people around the world use WhatsApp everyday to stay in touch with their family and friends

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Its monthly user base — people who use WhatsApp at least once in a month — stood at 1.3 billion.

The Facebook-owned company said about 55 billion messages and 4.5 billion photos are shared everyday globally on its platform. The app, which supports 60 languages, also sees one billion videos being shared on a daily basis.

India is the largest market for WhatsApp with over 200 million monthly active users as of February 2017. The company did not disclose what percentage of the 1 billion daily users are from India.

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WhatsApp competes with messaging apps like LINE, Viber and Hike in India.

In February 2014, WhatsApp was acquired by social networking site Facebook, its biggest buyout till date, for a whopping $19 billion.

Previously, WhatsApp said its service has seen strong uptake, especially across developing nations such as Brazil, India and Russia. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “Congrats to the WhatsApp team for connecting one billion people everyday!”

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