WhatsApp is 12 years old, getting more than 1 billion calls every day

WhatsApp announced on Thursday that the instant messaging platform has completed 12 years. Announcing its 12th anniversary, the Facebook-owned company revealed that it handles more than 1 billion calls per day. WhatsApp was launched in February 2009 and was originally designed to status among its users. However, over time it was further developed and made into a full messaging platform. Finally, the company also added voice and video calling features to it. The company did not stop here and also started WhatsApp Payments to provide payment service to app users. However, since the beginning of the year, the company has also been facing criticisms regarding the new privacy policy.

One posted on Thursday Tweet Via WhatsApp announced completion of 12 years. The tweet talked about some of the previously announced figures, which said more than two billion (2 billion) monthly active users and 100 billion (10 billion) messages. However, it has also been reported that the app, known for its instant messaging experience, handles more than 1 billion daily calls.

WhatsApp added voice calling support to its app in February 2015 and started offering video calling in November 2016. The company also added group voice and video calling support in August 2018. Apart from calling, WhatsApp users were also given the option to share stickers and GIFs and added the latest feature in the app as WhatsApp Payments, which is meant for transacting money.

WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in February 2014, launched in 2009 by former Yahoo employees Brian Acton and Jan Koum. However, after this, the privacy of WhatsApp also starts to be questioned. Many experts say that the company does data on users with Facebook and its subsidiaries.

The recent debate about the privacy of users on WhatsApp increased further when the company talked about implementing its new privacy policy. However, the company also clarified that the new policy is only for business account and it will not affect the account of common users. Instead of implementing this policy in February, the company delayed it till May 15, under pressure.

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