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- WhatsApp debuted back in February 2009
- The messaging app added calling support in 2015
Through a tweet posted on Thursday, WhatsApp announced the completion of 12 years. The tweet talked about some of the previously announced statistics, including the user base of more than two billion monthly active users that sends 100 billion messages. However, it also mentioned that the app, known for its instant messaging experience, connects more than one billion calls on a daily basis.
WhatsApp added voice calling support to its app back in February 2015 and expanded that to video calling in November 2016. It also further enhanced the experience by enabling group voice and video calling support in August 2018.
Apart from calling, WhatsApp offers features including payments and sharing of stickers and GIFs to serve users as a one-stop instant messaging solution.
Co-founded by former Yahoo employees Brian Acton and Jan Koum back in 2009, WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in February 2014. The acquisition by the social media giant has helped the messaging app to scale further. However, it also raised questions on WhatsApp’s privacy and how it is sharing user data with Facebook and its subsidiaries.
WhatsApp, however, claims in its latest tweet that it would continue to be committed to user privacy with end-to-end encryption. The encryption doesn’t apply across the app, though. It also does not protect the identifiers that WhatsApp is going to share with businesses using its presence to personalize their selling experiences.