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WhatsApp confirms a record-breaking 100 billion private messages were sent on New Year’s Eve worldwide


As we recover from New Year’s Eve’s celebrations and look ahead to 2020, WhatsApp can reveal that, during the 24 hours leading up to midnight on New Year’s Eve – well in the 24 hours until midnight Pacific Time on 31.12.2019 – a record-breaking number of messages were sent via the private messaging app worldwide.

More than 100 billion messages were sent via WhatsApp on December 31st, as people all over the world chose to privately communicate with their friends and family at the turn of the decade.

WhatsApp can also confirm that, with more than 100 billion messages sent, December 31st 2019 saw more messages sent than on any previous day in WhatsApp’s ten year history.

In the UK, WhatsApp users sent over 900 million messages on December 31st.

WhatsApp stats also show that of the 100bn messages sent, more than 12 billion were picture messages sent around the world on New Year’s Eve.

WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption ensures that only you and the person you’re communicating with can read what’s sent, and nobody else – not even WhatsApp. However it seems fair to assume that a very large number of the messages sent on December 31st were wishing someone a ‘Happy New Year’.

Looking back at 2019, WhatsApp can also reveal the top 5 most popular features with its users worldwide over the course of the year were: (1) Text Messaging; (2) Status updates; (3) Picture Messaging; (4) Calling; and (5) Voice Notes.


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