15 January 2018
WhatsApp has announced that the popular messaging app saw a record 75 billion messages sent on New Year’s Eve 2017. The company stated that the record number of messages was sent between 12 AM PST and 11.59PM PST on December 31, 2017, alone. The 75 billion messages included 13 billion images and 5 billion videos.
The number is much higher than the 63 billion messages that the company sent on New Year’s Eve (2016). This year’s numbers beat out the previous record by an additional 12 billion messages. The company set the record of 75 billion messages sent even in spite of the outage in service for nearly an hour in various parts of the world on New Year's Eve.
The company also revealed that the five most popular features of 2017 were video calling, live location and delete for everyone. The improvements made to the way photos are viewed on the app, as well as WhatsApp status have also been deemed as the most popular features of 2017 on the messaging app.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp which launched the Snapchat stories like Status feature in early 2017, stated that the feature was currently used by 300 million users. The popular messaging app currently has over 1.3 billion monthly active users around the globe. In India, the second biggest market for the messaging app a record 20 billion messages were sent on New Year’s Eve 2017.