October 19, 2021
WhatsApp is a cross-platform instant messaging and voice calling app for smartphones. In addition to text messages, users can send images, videos and PDF documents, and make free calls through an internet connection. The software is available for Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS, Symbian, Windows Phone and Nokia. The company with the same name was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both Yahoo veterans and is headquartered in the US city of Santa Clara, California. Competing with a host of Asia-based services, WhatsApp grew from two billion messages a day in April 2012 to ten billion in August of the same year. According to the Financial Times, WhatsApp "has done for SMS on mobile phones what Skype has done for international calls on landlines." In September 2015, the application reached the milestone of 900 million active users.According to data from consultancy GlobalWebIndex, 73% of users who use WhatsApp in the world own cell phones with the Android operating system, from Google. Apple's iOS platform is in second place, with 27% of the market. The application's servers use the FreeBSD operating system with the Erlang programming language. In January 2015, it was also used by the computer, through the Google Chrome browser, and in February, the service was also made available to users of Mozilla Firefox browsers. and Opera. On January 18, 2016, the creators of the WhatsApp app released the news that the app would become exempt from any annual charges. In the same statement, it was announced that the messaging service has reached 990 million users. On February 2, 2016, Mark Zuckerberg announced that WhatsApp has reached the one billion user mark, and "few services connect more than a billion people," comments Zuckerberg. In Brazil, instant messaging is one of the main uses of mobile devices, such as cell phones or smartphones: 83.3% of households monitored by Kantar said they used instant messaging apps in 2016, an increase of 9.8 percentage points compared to previous year.WhatsApp announced in the second week of January 2021 that it will make it mandatory to share user data with Facebook, which owns the famous messaging app. Those who disagree with such imposition are invited to delete the account and uninstall the app. It should be noted that Facebook made it clear that the action will not take place in the European region, as explained by a spokesperson "To avoid any doubt, it is still valid that WhatsApp does not share the data of its users in the European region with Facebook".