WhatsApp revealed its servers processed 20 billion outgoing messages that were delivered to 44 million users. The numbers don’t match as these include group messages. So if a user sent a messages to a group of 5 members, the inbound message count would be one against five outbound messages.
The popular mobile messaging service came into spotlight after Facebook announced it would acquire it in an outrageous $19 billion deal. Soon after the announcement, WhatsApp’s servers crashed, breaking the service for nearly four hours. The acquisition by Facebook also fueled privacy-related fears, prompting CEO Jan Koum to publicly clarify that WhatsApp won’t share any user data with Facebook.
In an interview with BGR India, Koum categorically said WhatsApp did not have any data to profile users as it did not use in-app advertising as a revenue stream.
WhatsApp is planning to launch a voice calling service soon, which will enable smartphone users to call each other over cellular data or Wi-Fi, rendering carriers into dumb pipes.