Facebook-owned messaging service, Whatsapp now boasts of over 2 billion users worldwide
This was announced by the company in a blog post. WhatsApp used the milestone to emphasize the importance of encrypting its users’ messages. This practice came under increasing amounts of pressure from lawmakers around the world.
According to the government’s argument, being unable to read people’s messages makes it difficult to know when such a message is to facilitate terrorism, child exploitation, among other crimes.
Responding to the government’s argument, Whatsapp CEO, Will Cathcart said the company has no plan to disable the encryption on its service. “For all of human history, people have been able to communicate privately with each other, and we don’t think that should go away in a modern society”. Cathcart said.
When asked about future plans, Cathcart told the Wall Street Journal the company is working on making the service able to exchange and make use of information with Facebook’s other messaging clients in plans as announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last year.
According to the CEO, the combination may have its own limits, with some features that are present on a messaging service like Messenger not translating into WhatsApp.