WhatsApp has grown to 1 billion users

WhatsApp passed a significant milestone today: the mobile messaging service owned by Facebook now has 1 billion users. That’s good news for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who spearheaded the jaw-dropping $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp two years ago on the promise it could grow to become one of the world’s most-used communication platforms. So while WhatsApp doesn’t make any money, Facebook can certainly say it’s popular — more so even than Facebook Messenger, which just passed 800 million users.

WhatsApp had 450 million monthly active users before Facebook acquired it, and the small team led by co-founder and CEO Jan Koum has doubled the user base thanks in part to its ad-free stance and minimal design. According to regulatory…

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