WhatsApp now has 2 billion users

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The Facebook-owned app WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app said it has amassed two billion users, up from 1.5 billion it revealed two years ago.

The announcement today makes WhatsApp only the second app from Facebook to join the two-billion-users club.

“We are excited to share that, as of today, WhatsApp supports more than two billion users around the world. Mothers and fathers can reach their loved ones no matter where they are. Brothers and sisters can share moments that matter. Coworkers can collaborate, and businesses can grow by easily connecting with their customers,” the company announced in a blog post today

WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart says that the company has no plans to disable encryption on its service. “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,” he told The Wall Street Journal. However, the CEO added that WhatsApp will provide metadata when it is useful for an investigation.

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