Facebook-owned social messaging platform; WhatsApp, has in a statement said that 75 billion messages were shared on New Year’s Eve, making it the highest number of messages ever shared on the platform. The statement further stated that of the 75 billion messages more than 13 billion and 5 billion were of picture and video messages respectively.
While this data represents huge volume and user activity on the platform, at Midnight of January 1st, WhatsApp suffered an one hour outage in a few countries. Many were disappointed with the platform as they couldn’t share their excitement of making it to the New Year. At the time, the firm didn’t give any comment about the outage.
The year came to an end with the company fulfilling all its promise of launching most of their anticipated features, including; the revoke feature which was the biggest feature, the all-new Status, live location sharing in chats, WhatsApp for Business, and so forth.
Notably, the firm also saw it’s Co-Founder Brian Acton leave to start a non-profit company focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications.