WhatsApp could be losing its lead against the competition, new figures have revealed
The instant messenger, the most popular on the planet, is quickly being caught by Facebook Messenger.
Messenger this week confirmed it has topped 1.2 billion active users, making it one of the fasting growing communications tools of all time.
That’s a substantial amount of growth since it last announced a usage milestone – 1 billion milestone of active users back in July 2016.
Facebook Messenger is now the second most popular iOS app of all time – just behind Facebook, the social network has confirmed.
WhatsApp, which is also owned by Facebook as well, purportedly boasts some 1.2 billion monthly active users a
He posted: “We now have over 1.2 billion people actively using Messenger every month. And I keep on hearing powerful stories about how our product is becoming a more important part of your daily lives.
“So from all of us here at Messenger, a heartfelt thank you to all of you for giving us a chance to build something good and more meaningful for you.”
Anyone aged 13 and over is able to sign-up for Messenger. It is now available to everyone with a phone number – even if you don’t have a Facebook account.
Facebook Messenger VP David Marcus shared the news on his Facebook page this week
The news was revealed by EU regulator Helen Dixon, who has been overseeing Facebook’s case.
She thinks they are in agreement with the parties – WhatsApp and Facebook – that the quality of the information provided to users could have been clearer, could have been more transparent and could have been expressed in simpler terms.”
Ms Dixon, who is also Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, added that she hopes a final agreement will be reached this summer.
Facebook bought popular messaging app WhatsApp back in 2014
Speaking during the acquisition, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said: “It would be pretty stupid of us to interfere.”
WhatsApp was sued in a German court earlier this year by customers angry that the app had gone back on its word
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