From its inception in 2009 to 2021, WhatsApp has come a long way and almost has become an essential part of many people’s life. As per statistics, it had more than 2 Billion Monthly Active users in March 2020.
- As per WhatsApp they cant see your personal message or calls as they are end-to-end encrypted.
- They don’t keep record of of people who are messaging you or calling you.
- As per WhatsApp they cant access the location you share with your friends and family.
- WhatsApp don’t share your contact with any third party app or even with Facebook.
What have changed for Business WhatsApp users
Many business who have a business page on Facebook has a business WhatsApp integrated to it and they communicate often with their clients or customers. Even many clients find out businesses on Facebook and try to ping them on their WhatsApp.
Whatsapp clarified that many large scale business needs more secure and larger server and for that Whatsapp will use Facebook servers to store the data like chats with customers or clients, transaction, appointment, and shipping notifications; product and service updates; and marketing.
Whether you communicate with a business by phone, email, or WhatsApp, it can see what you’re saying and may use that information for its own marketing purposes, which may include advertising on Facebook. But as per WhatsApp this will be restricted to business accounts who choose to use Facebook hosting service.
The Story of WhatsApp
WhatsApp was started by two ex-Yahoo employees Brian Acton (Who was denied an employment by Facebook and Twitter in 2009) and Jan Koum in 2009 when they both bought an iPhone, and looking at the Apps in the App store they were convinced that this is the future.
Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure.— Brian Acton (@brianacton) August 3, 2009
Got denied by Twitter HQ. That’s ok. Would have been a long commute.— Brian Acton (@brianacton) May 23, 2009
By April 2013 WhatsApp touched the 200 Million mark of monthly active users. And in February 2014 when Facebook acquired it for a whopping $19 billions it has crossed the 450 Million mark. Both the founder became billionaires by this deal as Jan Koum pocketed a $6.8 billion whereas his partner in crime Acton pocketed $3.5 billion after taxes.
Jan Koum also got a seat in Facebook board and a matched salary with Mark Zuckerberg($1).
In 2018 both Brian Acton and Jan Koum left the Facebook as it started to monetize the WhatsApp. Though Koum has never expressed the real reason behind his exit but Acton (Co-founder of the Signal App) was critical towards Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.
After his exit from Facebook Acton tweeted which still remains his last tweet, in which he wrote “It is time. #deletefacebook”
It is time. #deletefacebook— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
Acton said then invested $50 million in Signal in 2018 which was a small messaging app made by a security researcher named Moxie Marlinspike to make it a app that cares for it users more than money.