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With over 50 million Video Calling Minutes per day, India has become the Top Country for Video Calling via WhatsApp

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New Delhi, May 8, 2017: With over 50 million video calling minutes per day, India has become the top country for video calling via WhatsApp — a feature that was launched from India in November last year and rolled out globally to other countries.

According to the data provided by the Facebook-owned popular mobile messaging app on Monday, a total of over 340 million video calling minutes are being recorded per day globally and users are making over 55 million video calls per day.

WhatsApp currently has 200 million monthly active users in India.

In November last year, WhatsApp announced the rollout of the video calling feature, enabling more than 1.2 billion monthly active users globally to make video calls across Android, iPhone and Windows devices.

The global launch event was attended by Neeraj Arora, Head of Business, WhatsApp and Manpreet Singh, Product Lead, WhatsApp, in New Delhi.

“We are constantly working to improve WhatsApp and expanding the boundaries with focus on quality and we do not look at the competition,” Arora had told reporters.

WhatsApp is available in more than 50 different languages around the world and in 10 Indian languages.

With the video calling feature, WhatsApp is now competing with Microsoft-owned Skype and Google’s Duo.

“Video calling is one of the most requested features from people in India. We’re proud to have the opportunity to launch this feature in India and look forward to seeing people use WhatsApp to talk to their friends and loved ones face to face,” said Jan Koum, CEO and Co-Founder, WhatsApp.

WhatsApp started with messaging and Group Chat six years back and then added voice calling. (IANS)

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Survey Reveals That 50% of Americans Do Not Know Who Owns WhatsApp

A previous survey by DuckDuckGo found that 56.9 per cent of American adults were unaware that Facebook owns Instagram and 44.6 per cent did not even know that Google owns YouTube

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It may sound bizarre but nearly 50 per cent of Americans who have used WhatsApp in the last six months have no idea who owns the popular mobile messaging platform.

According to a survey by DuckDuckGo, the US-based privacy-protecting search engine, just over half of US citizens (50.42 per cent) do not know WhatsApp is owned by Facebook.

“We randomly selected 1,297 US adults (not just DuckDuckGo users) who are collectively demographically similar to the general population of US adults and surveyed them on August 16, 2018.

“Half of those who used WhatsApp in the past six months weren’t aware that Facebook owns WhatsApp,” said the survey.

The findings also showed that nearly 60 per cent of those who used Waze in the past six months didn’t know that Google owns Waze.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device.

Waze is a popular GPS navigation software. It works on smartphones and tablet computers that have GPS support.

“This means that a majority of Americans who are using WhatsApp and/or Waze are doing so without realising that all of their information, whether it be routes, travel time, messages, photos, or location data, is privy to Facebook (for WhatsApp) and Google (for Waze),” said the survey.

According to the survey, the lack of awareness over Facebook and Google’s reach is even more alarming as more and more Americans are looking to take control of their privacy online.

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A previous survey by DuckDuckGo found that 56.9 per cent of American adults were unaware that Facebook owns Instagram and 44.6 per cent did not even know that Google owns YouTube.

Facebook in 2014 acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion. Both WhatsApp co-founders – Brian Acton and Jan Koum – have quit Facebook over data privacy and Facebook’s plans to monetise WhatsApp. (IANS)