Over a Quarter of the Global Population Now Uses WhatsApp

Never before in the history of humanity have we seen products and services that were used as widely as the ones we see in our modern day and age. The fact of the matter is that services like Google and Facebook are intrinsic parts of our everyday lives, which is why the number of people that uses these services is astronomically high, in some cases representing a significant portion of the world’s population at the end of the day.

We can see the vast popularity of the services we use on a day to day basis by looking at how many users each service has. One service that has passed quite a significant milestone recently is WhatsApp, a messaging service that has become so endemic to our communications with one another that it has more or less replaced SMS based texting that is done over telecommunication networks and the like. The service is now used by two billion people all around the world which means that about a quarter of the world’s population, more in fact, uses WhatsApp on a regular basis.

Another thing to note is that WhatsApp is miles ahead of its competitors, so much so that you could say that the company has a bit of a monopoly over the instant messaging market, something that is quite alarming when you consider the fact that it is just one part of a larger monopoly that Facebook is slowly starting to set up with regards to tech as well as the internet more specifically.

The only company that comes close to WhatsApp is WeChat which his owned by the Chinese tech giant Tencent, the company that also owns TikTok and is slowly starting to exert a lot more influence on the digital world that we are currently living in. However, WeChat only has a billion users, the word only being a relative one in this context. Another thing that makes it not as big of a competitor to WhatsApp as one would think has to do with the fact that most of its users are in China, whereas WhatsApp has enormous global influence at the end of the day.

About 400 million users for WhatsApp are located in India, which is its biggest userbase all in all. This proves that WhatsApp has managed to tap a global market, something that its only competitor has really struggled to do all in all.

One thing that has been working against WhatsApp is the fact that it has been accused of privacy disasters and invasions of user safety which is something that has allowed other companies to provide an ostensibly safer and more reliable alternative. Telegram is one example, with the messaging platform now having a healthy three hundred million users, something that proves that at some point or the other the up and coming messaging platform might just be able to give WhatsApp a run for its money.

In the wake of this momentous achievement, WhatsApp executives have promised a renewed focus on things like security, user privacy as well as a wide variety of other things that the messaging platform has been accused of taking not quite as seriously as it should have.
"Strong encryption is a necessity in modern life. 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.", announced Whatsapp team in a blog post. Adding further, "WhatsApp started with the goal of creating a service that is simple, reliable, and private for people to use. Today we remain as committed as when we started, to help connect the world privately and to protect the personal communication of two billion users all over the world."
WhatsApp boasts over 2 billion users worldwide
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