WhatsApp hits 900m active monthly users

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Facebook-owned messaging service, WhatsApp now has 900 million active users every month - signalling a huge growth for a company which has already experienced consistent growth since being acquired by Facebook last year for $19 billion (€17 billion).

“WhatsApp now has 900 million monthly active users”, CEO, co-founder and Facebook board member, Jan Koum announced in a Facebook post today.

 

In a follow up post, Mark Zuckerberg congratulated the company “and whole community” on the milestone.

The popular messaging service has landed 100 million new active users in just four months - after announcing in April they had hit 800 million.

Prior to that, it went from 700 million to 800 million in three months, and 600 million to 700 million in just under three months.

Its an unprecedented success for such a company in an extremely competitive market but the growth hasn't slowed with the announcement in March that Facebook and WhatsApp became the only two non-Google apps to be installed over 1 billion times on Android.

And while WhatsApp still lags behind its parent company in overall user numbers (Facebook now hits 1 billion a day) it still has more active users in the messaging sector, with Facebook on 700 million as of June.

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