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WhatsApp Hits 1 Billion Daily Active Users

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WhatsApp announced on Thursday that it now has 1 billion daily active users on its service.

The Facebook-owned company also said its monthly active user base increased from 1 billion to 1.3 billion.

Almost 55 billion messages are shared every day in 60 supported languages. Videos shared per day are now at 1 billion, and photos shared per day are at 4.5 billion, the company added.

WhatsApp Status, launched earlier this year, has managed to increase its user base to 250 million every day in just a span of six months, topping Snapchat which records 166 million daily active users on its entire app, including Stories, direct messages, and other features.

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“As we celebrate this milestone, we’re committed more than ever to bringing you more useful features to enjoy, while delivering the reliability, simplicity, and security you expect with WhatsApp,” WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said in a blog post.

Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014. At that time the messaging service had 450 million monthly users and, daily monthly users were at 350 million.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg in its quarterly results said Facebook enjoys over 2 billion users in total, with 1.3 billion people using it every day. He also announced that 100 million people joined groups, and 2 billion messages were sent between people and businesses every month.

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Meanwhile, it’s been rumoured that WhatsApp is working to monetize its app. The company has been reported to make a separate app for business users as well.

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