Date
19 September 2017
WhatsApp chief executive Jan Koum said users are now sending more than 30 billion messages a day. Photo: Bloomberg
WhatsApp chief executive Jan Koum said users are now sending more than 30 billion messages a day. Photo: Bloomberg

WhatsApp user base grows to 700 mln

Messaging service WhatsApp has grown to 700 million monthly active users, up from 600 million in August, technology news website Recode.net reported, citing chief executive Jan Koum.

That’s more than 200 million new users since social networking giant Facebook acquired the company for US$19 billion in February last year, the repprt said.

Koum also said users are now sending more than 30 billion messages a day.

Despite the massive user base, WhatsApp still has no plans to make money for Facebook, or at least no plans the company is sharing, Re/code writer Kurt Wagner said in his blog post.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he doesn’t intend to make money from WhatsApp until the service reaches a billion users.

So even if it gains a couple of hundred million new users every year, WhatsApp may still be several years away from posting actual revenue, Wagner said.

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