WhatsApp now has two billion users, it has said in an announcement released today. It means that more than a quarter of the world’s population are on the chat app.
WhatsApp used the announcement to stress its commitment to security – a position that has led to criticism from lawmakers and politicians in some countries.
“Strong encryption is a necessity in modern life,” it wrote in a blog post. “We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe.
“For even more protection, we work with top security experts, employ industry-leading technology to stop misuse as well as provide controls and ways to report issues — without sacrificing privacy.”