Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has now gotten 2 billion users according to the company’s official blog.
While announcing the milestone, WhatsApp used the opportunity to state their continued commitment to message encryption; a decision that has continually drawn criticism from governments and lawmakers.
Many governments have been frustrated by their inability to read users’ messages thereby eliminating any chance of them gathering intelligence for child exploitation, terrorism, and other illicit activities.
Will Cathcart, CEO of WhatsApp has however remained defiant on end-to-end encryption, saying “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”.
He however confirmed that in the eventuality of an investigation, WhatsApp will release metadata.
Cathcart also informed the media that plans are being made to integrate WhatsApp with other messaging services owned by Facebook while admitting that the integration will see some challenges as some features on messaging clients like Facebook Messenger not being on WhatsApp and vice versa.