WhatsApp hits 700 million users

If WhatsApp were a country, it would be the third biggest after China and India.

Co-founder and CEO Jan Koum announced Tuesday on Facebook that the Mountain View-based instant messaging service he established in 2009 now has 700 million monthly active users worldwide.

WhatsApp hit the half-million user mark back in April, a few months after Facebook bought it for $19 billion (later valued at closer to $22 billion). It hit 600 million users in August.

Facebook, meanwhile, reported about 1.35 billion monthly active users as of Sept. 30, which means, if it were a country, if would be at least the second largest, if not the first. China, at last count, has about 1.3574 billion people.

Above: The WhatsApp headquarters is located in the Speck building in Mountain View, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)



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