WhatsApp announced it’s passed the milestone of 2 billion users worldwide. The messaging app owned by Facebook has grown from 1.5 billion users in 2018 and the 1 billion mark in 2016.

In a blog post on the news, the company underlined its continued to commitment to private communications, supported by the use of end-to-end encryption. “Strong encryption is a necessity in modern life,” the company said. “We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe.”

Facebook reported last month that its social network had 2.5 billion monthly active users in Q4 2019. Its family of apps, including Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, had together a total of 2.26 billion users each day on average and around 2.89 billion users each month.

We are excited to share that, as of today, WhatsApp supports more than 2 billion users around the world.

Mothers and fathers can reach their loved ones no matter where they are. Brothers and sisters can share moments that matter. Coworkers can collaborate, and businesses can grow by easily connecting with their customers.

Private conversations that once were only possible face-to-face can now take place across great distances through instant chats and video calling. There are so many significant and special moments that take place over WhatsApp, and we are humbled and honored to reach this milestone.

We know that the more we connect, the more we have to protect. As we conduct more of our lives online, protecting our conversations is more important than ever.

That is why every private message sent using WhatsApp is secured with end-to-end encryption by default. Strong encryption acts like an unbreakable digital lock that keeps the information you send over WhatsApp secure, helping protect you from hackers and criminals. Messages are only kept on your phone, and no one in between can read your messages or listen to your calls, not even us. Your private conversations stay between you.

Strong encryption is a necessity in modern life. We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe. For even more protection, we work with top security experts, employ industry leading technology to stop misuse as well as provide controls and ways to report issues — without sacrificing privacy.

WhatsApp started with the goal of creating a service that is simple, reliable, and private for people to use. Today we remain as committed as when we started, to help connect the world privately and to protect the personal communication of two billion users all over the world.