WhatsApp New Year eve record - 75 bn messages sent including 5 bn videos

WhatsApp, one of the most-used messaging application, hit a new record on New Year's Eve —  75 billion messages were shared on the platform across the world, according to the company.  

The milestone represents the highest number of messages sent in a single day in WhatsApp's history, the company confirmed in an email. 

WhatsApp revealed that 75 billion messages included 13 billion images and 5 billion videos. The previous record was set in 2016 when 63 billion messages sent on last New Year’s Eve. 

WhatsApp may have been down in India for an hour on New Year's Eve but Indians did not shy away from using the application to wish season's greetings. 20 billion messages were sent on WhatsApp in India on the eve of New Year 2018. 

With over 200 million monthly active users in the country, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is now bigger than ever. 

WhatsApp also revealed the 'five most popular features' in 2017. 

No extra marks for guessing that 'video calling' tops the list. Other interesting features are 'live location' and 'delete for everyone' — both of them introduced around the closing months of 2017.

‘WhatsApp status’ which was introduced to challenge stories on Snapchat, has over 300 million daily active users, according to the company. 'New album view for photos' has also received a warm welcome among the users.

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