Facebook-owned WhatsApp hits one billion monthly active users

The worldwide messaging app is growing at an unprecedented rate.
Written by Jake Smith, Contributor

The head of Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Jan Koum, announced on Monday there are more than 1 billion monthly active users on the messaging app acquired by Facebook in 2014.

Koum revealed there are 42 billion messages sent per day, 1.6 billion photos shared per day, 53 languages supported, and 250 million videos shared per day on WhatsApp. The announcement comes five months after it was revealed 900 million active users were on the service, signaling the messaging app isn't slowing down anytime soon.

The announcement comes off the heels of a blowout financial quarter Facebook reported earlier this month, highlighting Instagram and WhatsApp are making nice products for Facebook to have alongside the core advertising business.

WhatsApp is such a go-to in the messaging space, thanks to its ease of use to send messages to anyone in the world. Koum said he "couldn't be more proud of our small team doing so much in just seven years" and signaled more is in the pipeline for the world's most popular messaging app.

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