WhatsApp reaches 400 million active users milestone

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Over-the-top messaging service reports it now has 400 million monthly active users after adding 100 million users in the last four months alone

Messaging service WhatsApp has revealed that it has more than 400 million monthly active users.

The cross-platform instant messaging service made the announcement after revealing it has seen its monthly active user base increase by 100 million in four months.

WhatsApp, which launched in 2009 and currently has 50 employees, said that it now processes 32 billion messages and 500 billion photos every day.

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said: “WhatsApp has reached a milestone that no other mobile messaging service has achieved. This isn’t a count of people who just registered for WhatsApp – it’s the number of people who are actively using the service every single month.”

The figures back up a recent survey by technology researcher On Device which found that 44 per cent of 3,759 smartphone owners from the US, Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia and China used WhatsApp on a weekly basis.

Facebook messenger was second with 35 per cent, while WeChat was third with 28 per cent.

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