India helps create new record for WhatsApp in the light of the ongoing SMS ban

WhatsApp messenger hit a new high on Thursday as it sent 10 billion messages in a single day, 6 billion outbound and 4 billion inbound. The company tweeted “new daily record: 4B inbound, 6B outbound = 10B total messages a day! #freebsd #erlang” on its official Twitter handle.

The difference between the number of messages was due to the group chats, said the company in a tweet. A single outgoing message in a group chat on WhatsApp is multiplied into the number of receivers while calculating incoming messages.

WhatsApp is a popular messaging platform for smartphone users across the world and works on various mobile operating systems, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian and BlackBerry.

Considering the number of smartphone users in India who are relying on alternative means to send messages in the light of the ongoing SMS ban, it is possible that WhatsApp’s daily traffic got a boost from India. The app is quite popular in the country especially among the youngsters.

However, the app’s developers did not give any geographic details of the number of messages sent during the day.

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