WhatsApp is a freeware and cross-platform instant messaging service for smartphones. It uses the Internet to make voice calls, one to one video calls; send text messages, images, GIF, videos, documents, user location, audio files, phone contacts and voice notes to other users using standard cellular mobile numbers. All data are end-to-end encrypted. Whatsapp also incorporates a feature called Status, which allows users to upload photos and videos to a 24-hours-lifetime feed that, by default, are visible to all contacts.

Type
Subsidiary
Parent Company
Facebook
HQ
Mountain View, US
Founded
2009
WhatsApp was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Mountain View, US
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Key People/Management at WhatsApp

Jan Koum

Jan Koum

Co-Founder & CEO
Matt Idema

Matt Idema

Chief Operating Officer

WhatsApp Office Locations

WhatsApp has an office in Mountain View
Mountain View, US (HQ)
650 Castro Street, Suite 120-219
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WhatsApp Financials and Metrics

Summary Metrics

Founding Date

2009

Total Funding

$61.1 m

Investors

In total, WhatsApp had raised $61.1 m. WhatsApp is a subsidiary of Facebook

WhatsApp Operating Metrics

Feb, 2014Nov, 2016Feb, 2017Jul, 2017Dec, 2017

Messages Sent per Day

60 b55 b60 b

Monthly Active Users

450 m1.20 b1.30 b1.50 b

Photos Shared Daily

3.30 b4.50 b

Users (India)

160 m200 m
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WhatsApp News and Updates

A math problem about a gay couple is going viral after a teacher said she'd 'never seen anything like it before'

A friend of Paul Ryder's who works as a teacher sent him a photo of a math question involving a gay couple. In his tweet, Ryder said his teacher friend had never seen anything like it before. Twitter users loved how inclusive the question was and expressed how much it meant to them. Word problem…

African cities are battling escalating noise pollution—but religion stands in the way

The pollution problem in many African cities goes beyond just the air quality. Over the years, governments across the continent have attempted to tackle the…

Cybersecurity: Soon-to-launch Crypviser instant messaging app to offer blockchain security

Earlier this week the French government announced it was to develop its own secure messaging app because it was concerned about the integrity of the Telegram and WhatsApp platforms. The issue with both of them is they ultimately rely upon central servers that could be compromised by hackers (whether…

French messaging efforts show how selfish governments actually are

France is reportedly considering building its own encrypted messaging platform to protect itself from espionage, completing the full U-turn from last year’s efforts to limit the encryption powers of messaging services.

France will move gov officials off Telegram and WhatsApp over spying fears

The French government has announced it will be moving government officials from the apps to its own encrypted messaging app this summer, reports Reuters. The French government is making the move over fears that foreign states could spy on officials using the two apps. As a French spokesperson told R…

Police catch criminal after spotting fingerprint in WhatsApp photo

Even on encrypted messaging platforms, be careful what you send.  Police officers in South Wales were able to identify a drug dealer's fingerprints from an old WhatsApp photo, the BBC reports. The fingerprint helped secure 11 drug-trafficking convictions, which are believed to be the first convict…
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