With the takeover of Facebook, WhatsApp remains free

WhatsApp is considered to be the fastest growing internet service of all time. A turning point in the history of WhatsApp is the takeover by Facebook.

  • WhatsApp was originally comparable to Twitter
  • After the app developed into a messenger, Facebook took over WhatsApp
  • Facebook and WhatsApp are still controversial

Whatsapp was born in Santa Clara in 2009, California founded by Jan Koum and Brian Acton. At the beginning, WhatsApp was an app that was similar to Twitter Could publish status reports. These posts could also be read by friends. Koum and Acton expanded WhatsApp into a messenger, on which you can exchange messages, photos and videos, among other things.

WhatsApp: Facebook took over Messenger in 2014

On February 19, 2014, it took over from Mark Zuckberg run US company Facebook Inc. the Messenger Whatsapp for $ 19 billion. Facebook paid 4 billion of this in cash. Zuckerberg bought the rest in the form of Facebook shares. WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum moved to the Facebook board of directors as part of the takeover. Because of the Facebook takeover of WhatsApp and the quasi-monopoly, data protection officials and data protection officers recommended using encrypted services.

WhatsApp considered one after taking over Facebook End-to-end encryption to introduce. That is why WhatsApp entered into a partnership with Open Whisper Systems in November 2014. The aim of the partnership was to develop end-to-end encryption based on the TextSecure Messenger. The introduction of end-to-end encryption was to follow two years later.

WhatsApp and Facebook targeted by privacy advocates

Background: Dutch and Canadian authorities investigated against Facebook and Whatsapp due to data protection violations.

Developer: Facebook can view WhatsApp chats - despite end-to-end encryption https://t.co/ULrR3QfELp#WhatsApp#Facebook

- Mac & i (@mac_and_i) April 13, 2018

The commercial continued use of private WhatsApp data, as well as the safeguarding of privacy and the informational self-determination of the users, was and is controversial. But WhatsApp security gaps are also criticized by data protectionists. This is because unauthorized persons can gain access to sensitive information through this. In addition, the quasi-monopoly of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram is in Social media the investigators and privacy advocates.

WhatsApp: Jan Koum and Brian Acton left Facebook

Worldwide had Whatsapp Around 800 million users at the beginning of 2015. The messenger was and is considered to be the fastest growing internet service of all time. In January 2016 there was Facebook announced that WhatsApp should be free again. A year later, one of the WhatsApp co-founders, Brian Acton, left the company. Acton now supports the Messenger Signal, which is an alternative to WhatsApp. Jan Koum, the second co-founder of WhatsApp, left Facebook in May 2018. The reason for the decision was that Facebook was in WhatsApp advertising want to use. Facebook had already announced this in May 2018.

Of Moritz Serif