WhatsApp now has more than 2 billion users all over the world
The popular messaging service owned by Facebook, WhatsApphas announced in a blog post that it now has 2 billion users worldwide, compared to 1.5 billion users in 2018.
WhatsApp, in post, has also reiterated the importance to encrypt the messages of its users, a practice that is undergoing an increasing pressure from legislators all over the world. The governments argue that the inability to read the messages of the people makes it more difficult to find out when the messaging app is used to facilitate terrorism, child exploitation and other crimes.
The CEO of WhatsApp, Will Cathcart, says that the company has no program to disable encryption on your service. “For all of human history, people were able to communicate in private between them and not think that it should change in a modern society,“ he told the Wall Street Journal. However, the CEO added that WhatsApp will provide metadata when it will be useful for an investigation.
For the future, Cathcart told the WSJ that the company is working to make the service interoperable with other messaging clients Facebook, in line with the plans announced by the CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg last year. However, Cathcart admitted that this integration may have limits, with some features that are present in a messaging service like Messenger that are not compatible with WhatsApp.