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WhatsApp goes past 900m monthly active users

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There is no stopping WhatsApp. The ad-free instant messaging service today passed the 900-million monthly active users mark.

The announcement came via a Facebook update from WhatsApp founder Jan Koum, who was at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters at the time.

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To put that in perspective, when Facebook bought WhatsApp back in February 2014, it had fewer than 600-million users.

It’s also up 100-million users from the 800-million it announced back in April.

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“Congrats to Jan, the WhatsApp team and whole community on reaching 900 million people!” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in follow-up post.

It’s a pretty impressive achievement for a company that started out with very little and stayed lean for most of its existence — it had just 35 employees at the time of the Facebook acquisition.

The service started out as a pretty straightforward instant messenger before adding a host of additional features, including voice notes, image attachments, and voice calls.

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