Whatsapp boast 500m users, despite Facebook privacy concerns
Whatsapp might have annoyed everybody by attaching themselves like a limpet to Facebook in a controversial $19bn deal, but there’s no denying they’re doing pretty well – with a staggering 500 million monthly users - making it almost as big as Twitter.
The enormous figure appeared on the Whatsapp blog with this message:
‘Thanks to all of you, half a billion people around the world are now regular, active Whatsapp users. In the last few months, we've grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are also sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day.’
The Facebook deal created a backlash against the messaging service, leading to an avalanche of privacy concerns and much gnashing of social media blog teeth, but that doesn't seem to have bothered users too much.
In an attempt to address those privacy concerns, however, Whatsapp CEO Jan Kuom wrote:
‘Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built Whatsapp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible: You don't have to give us your name and we don't ask for your email address. We don't know your birthday. We don't know your home address. We don't know where you work. We don't know your likes, what you search for on the internet or collect your GPS location. None of that data has ever been collected and stored by Whatsapp, and we really have no plans to change that.’
Well, they really have no plans to change that. But does Facebook?