More than 100BILLION WhatsApp messages were sent on New Year’s Eve – the most ever in a single day
- More than 20 billion of these messages came from users in India
- WhatsApp says it is ‘fair to assume’ most messages were ‘Happy New year’
- More than 12 billion of the messages were images, WhatsApp revealed
More than 100 billion WhatsApp messages were sent via the Facebook-owned platform on New Year’s Eve – more than any other day in the app’s history.
Of this staggering hoard of virtual messages, more than 12 billion were images.
The record-breaking figure marks a new high in the popularity of the app as it continues to spread around the world.
It is available in most countries, with China being the only notable exception.
Despite lacking the more than a billion citizens of China, the gargantuan total of messages is equivalent to every person Earth sending more than 13 messages.
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More than 100 billion WhatsApp messages were sent via the Facebook-owed platform on new Years Eve – more than any other day in the app’s history. Of this staggering hoard of virtual messages, more than 12 billion were images (stock)
WHAT IS END-TO-END ENCRYPTION?
End-to-end encryption ensures only the two participants of a chat can read messages, and no-one in between – not even the company that owns the service.
End-to-end encryption is intended to prevent data being read or secretly modified when it is in transit between the two parties.
The cryptographic keys needed to access the service are automatically provided only to the two people in each conversation.
In decrypted form, messages are accessible by a third party – which makes them interceptable by governments for law enforcement reasons.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp is already encrypted, and now Mark Zuckerberg is looking to do the same with Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct.
Britons accounted for more than 900 million of the messages as they undoubtedly wished their loved ones a happy new year.
But this was dwarfed by Indians, who accounted for more than 20 billion of the messages.
‘As you know, people all around the world celebrated the turn of the decade with friends and family, but those of us who weren’t able to celebrate with loved ones in person turned to their phones to share New Year’s wishes,’ WhatsApp explained.
Welcoming in the new year and ushering in a new decade may make the record hard to break in future, with New Year’s Eve 2020 a likely candidate.
And while it is likely the messages were good-natured, WhatsApp can not confirm the content of the messages due to its end-to-end encryption.
‘WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption ensures that only you and the person you’re communicating with can read what’s sent, and nobody else – not even WhatsApp,’ WhatsApp said.
‘However it seems fair to assume that a very large number of the messages sent on December 31st were wishing someone a “Happy New Year”.’
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Britons accounted for more than 900 million of the messages as they wished their loved ones a happy new year. This was dwarfed by Indians, who accounted for more than 20 billion messages (stock)
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