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Facebook Buys Chat Program WhatsApp for 16 Billion

In a not very shocking move (beyond the purchase price) Faceybook has purchased WhatsApps 190 Million monthly active users for a cool $16 billion in cash and stock options.

Have to keep up with the times, and the kids/teens are using Whatsapp to chat.  I personally stopped using Facebook messenger when it started asking for SMS reading abilities in the last few releases.

The last thing I want is Faceybook reading my texts with their ridiculous privacy controls. 

The deal includes "leaving the brand intact" so it will be interesting to see what Facebook does with the company.

Will you be uninstalling? What do you use for messaging your friends?

#socialmedia #facebook #ab   #technology  

151 Comments
  1. David Foster says

    WOW! $16B?? That just boggles my mind. I would sell them my company for $250K!! Come on facebook!

  2. CARLOS JAQUE says

    Eso se venia venir el pes grande se come al pez chiquito,jajaja

  3. Carlos Balderas says

    I use primarily Hangouts, though for those that only do FB and not Google Ploos, I still send FB private messages, reach out to those on Twitter. I've only used WhatsApp a few times, but that was a few years ago.

  4. Alexander Terry says

    16B+3B worth of employees.

  5. Carmen MontITA Medina says

    +CARLOS JAQUE muy sierto

  6. Victor de la isla says

    bad news

  7. Fred Dresken says

    Yup!. Hangouts it is..!

  8. Simon Taplin says

    If they start combining WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, I am moving to Viber

  9. Rob McCallum says

    Hangouts!!

  10. youis Roland J. Ruttledge says

    +Amanda Blain a post by +Cathy Ranson has the BBC calling it a "16bn Massage service!:)  Some massage:)

  11. Holland Rhodes says

    What's shocking is that Facebook has $16 billion.

  12. oshin elizabeth sato chavez says

    Guaoooo!. It's Great!. It's a Good Notice!.

  13. Michael Lander says

    I am not good with math. Is 19 billion much money? Oh yeah, they can be a small country.

  14. Nick Moore says

    That's my phone memory freed up a bit, bye bye WhatsApp.

  15. Jeff Angcanan says

    Meh.

  16. Jesse Vandewal says

    I'm ready to uninstall the facebook app completely as the last update (which I haven't done) gives the app permission to send emails to contacts without the users knowing. They seem to be pushing things too far lately, who knows what they'll do with WhatsApp.

  17. oshin elizabeth sato chavez says

    It's a Bad News!.

  18. Adam Warkiewicz says

    Bye bye whatapp

  19. Vanessa C says

    Uninstalled long ago. Hangouts are where it's at! Convert more G+ users people!

  20. Megan Turner says

    I always use Hangout to talk with people, it's easy and free, and has some of the coolest emotes ;D

  21. eric mccrory says

    uninstall it I say facebook won't be able to resist putting there tweaks into this soon pop up adds or loads of banner adds appearing in app they need to get that ridiculous amount of cash back some way another good app which will be ruined by a big company buying it

  22. Eric Aultman says

    Whatever drives FB into insolvency faster.

  23. Eve A says

    I will see where this leads and then decide whether I keep Whatsapp or not.

  24. Eric Aultman says

    Whatever drives FB into insolvency faster.

  25. eric mccrory says

    saying that fair play to whatsapp owner and he gets on fb board round of applause well played

  26. Telegram

  27. Darren Krusi says

    Hi +Amanda Blain when you say they read your phone's texts do they read any of the other messaging apps? I've minimised my text usage now with the majority of my communication done through Hangouts or other chat apps and when I have to I go onto Facebook to clear my notifications.

  28. Adalberto Castro says

    queeee!!!?

  29. Amanda Blain says

    These are the permission on Facebook Messenger in the Play Store –
    Your messages
    edit your text messages (SMS or MMS)
    receive text messages (SMS)
    read your text messages (SMS or MMS)
    send SMS messages
    receive text messages (MMS)

    Was an immediate uninstall for me since i dont use it for that in anyway.

  30. Chuck Rothberg says

    There goes that app.

  31. eric mccrory says

    +Amanda Blain would surprise you just how many ppl don't look at the permission they give to an app…

  32. Timo Hujala says

    already uninstalled.

  33. John O'Connor says

    I'm with +Amanda Blain here.  While I still have FB installed on a device or two, i refuse to update it due to permissions and also have all notifications turned off.

  34. Gear Hornet says

    16 Billion seems a bit to much. What else are they getting out of it?

  35. Jeff Trocchio says

    I stopped using Instagram when they bought that. I don't intend on having a FB account and never will.

  36. Darren Krusi says

    I just got rid of Facebook/Messenger because its notifications pissed me off. I didn't update Facebook because of the permissions but didn't look into Messenger's then just got rid of the whole shebang. Happy

  37. Malki Zee says

    Only use whatsapp for a small group of international people. I'm sure there is or will be another service to take over.

    If they do anything stupid its bye bye from me.

    Outside the USA people are very big into whatsapp. Limited texting plans?

  38. Cebastian Rosing says

    I use Facebook Messenger and Hangouts. Nothing more, it covers everyone I know. And honestly, I could go by without Facebook Messenger. I'm drawing closer to close my Facebook Account, by the weeks. Some day soon-ish, I just might decide that. This deal means nothing to me, and I'd say Facebook is crazy. Congratulations to +WhatsApp though!

  39. Kristopher Peart says

    Whatsapp all the way just need to erase my bbm account totally now

  40. Daniel Berlin says

    I hope i wont need a Facebook account to use it

  41. Karin Nelson says

    I'm old fashioned. I use SMS. (and iMessage).

  42. Mike Mike says

    +Karin Nelson I'm with you Karin!

  43. Jan Blakkestad says

    hi

  44. Peter du Toit says

    In our part of the world (S.Africa) almost everyone I know (friends and family) have jumped ship from FB to WhatsApp – I have a feeling this may very well have been an accelerating trend worldwide. To be honest I don't think FB had much of a choice here! Buy WhatsApp or continue to bleed users to it!

  45. muhammad salman says

    ni

  46. Andrew M says

    targeted ads in your chat stream based on your fb usage 

  47. Malki Zee says

    +Andrew M the second SMS us tainted with ads there will be a mass exodus.

  48. Andrew M says

    Then flip it. Targeted ads in your facebook stream based on who you chat with via whatsapp. They can infer information about you based on your social circles.

  49. Thomas Baker says

    I use hangouts a lot now that I have an android phone. Have yet to install the FB app on my phine, although I do check my account using chrome.

  50. Chris Lau says

    uninstalled. This was paid with funny stock money, so the number is big but the relative value is not so. I played through the tech bubble and assure you Facebook's relevance will go where it will go.

  51. David Tong says

    don't need more app to suck up my battery life and can do without this app…..but somewhere there're few rich kids is laughing their way to the bank….

  52. Jack Five says

    I'm going to just call more often. Hello means an introduction, right?

  53. john petherick says

    That's $85 per user right? Would be interesting to see the business case..

  54. Rory Costello says

    k

  55. Paul Plate says

    +Holland Rhodes they took out loans on all of their users.

  56. Anass Eljondy says

    I left Facebook, and now I'll be leaving what'sapp too

  57. Sean Steinmarc says

    I've always been a +GroupMe guy. Never bothered to look into WhatsApp, though now I suppose I might have to check it out. Also hadn't really thought about the privacy issues – I should have included that in my Social Malt post!

  58. George Byers says

    I'm gonna reuse this joke, but. Why didn't they just pay 99 cents like evrybody else?

  59. Phil Nolan says

    Maybe they'll get someone in America to use that app.

  60. Christopher Davis says

    meh. email still works fine for me.

  61. Nigel F Smith says

    If they keep the functionality the same, I'll keep it

  62. Arjun Shenoy says

    I use +WhatsApp daily. But now that Facebook has acquired it. I hope they don't change the privacy like the way they changed in instagram. Then again its Facebook, and I think its time to start looking for a new chat app? Which chat option do you use +Amanda Blain?

  63. Eric Farrow says

    Why can't companies keep there identity ,WHY sell out all the time ????

  64. Garino Elisa says

    Facebook is the fastest way to reach the people your love ones searching people you want to communicate.

  65. hiroyuki tsuji says

    Hello 🙂 OK

  66. James Barraford says

    Figures are way off. It's not 190 million active users a month. It's 450 million active users monthly. Of the 450 million, 315 million use Whatsapp every day. 

  67. skull punkrock says

    Oh shit! They gonna destroy it with those stupid users!

  68. Muhammad Nur Arifin says

    +Kaze Kate Bener gak nih beritanya Kang?
    Siap2 hijrah neh wkwkwk

  69. Baji Panchumarti says

    +WhatsApp is an amazing App.
    People had been using email for a decade when +GMail came along and captivated them, tens of millions of emailers worldwide jumped ship to GMail from other services, by word of mouth advertising & those precious GMail invites.
    +WhatApp brought to text, picture & video messaging what GMail brought to email.
    Ironically, while GMail still has many of its great features, the new GMail interface, that was forced upon us a few months ago, absolutely sucks compared to what we had before. imho.

  70. Anthony Montemorano says

    Gross. <— yup that's all I've got to say.

  71. Michael Guitouni says

    would cost him even less if he created his own chat program,  since they had their messenger they just could re innovate the software. what a waste of money and poor judgment. 

  72. Alvin Leyson says

    i will stay in facebook messenger 🙂

  73. Eustace James says

    I went the opposite way and installed it. So many people, all of whom have different favourites when it comes to messaging. I'll take 'em all.

  74. Mario Aguila says

    Hangouts, because is ubiquous: PC, Tablet, Phone

  75. Dev chahal says

    Hello

  76. Neusa Rothen says

    HUMMM BOM DIA 

  77. Kennett Etugala says

    Wow…..

  78. Jonni Collins says

    Anything even remotely related to Facebook left my computer about a year ago or more.

  79. Ivan Douwes says

    Vomit, uninstall

  80. pankaj mehta says

    Very bad news

  81. Prashanth Akunuri says

    I prefer using Kakaotalk or Line (not using much yet) but most of my friends are in Whatsapp I guess, here in India. If I were still living in Canada like before, I guess I would use google chat/hangouts. 

  82. Abdullah Alrashedi says

    Jumping off the +WhatsApp sinking ship. telegram and hangouts are my choices now

  83. Robert Jay says

    Threema seems an interesting choice for those who are privacy conscious. Other than that, this move will send many WA users straight to WeChat on a rail.

  84. Amit Chaturvedi says

    whata app has acquires about 37% of facebook user.. that scares facebook.. hahah..

  85. Michael Marek says

    I can not fight it, I have a one fat grin on my face… Facebook buys WhatsApp.

    Pardon – But all who have kept me for outdated because I've never used WhatsApp, can look forward to the merger with Facebook now.

    I still use the classic SMS via mobile provider, Google's Hangout and actually E-Mail 😉

  86. Muhmmad Imran says

    kk

  87. Vilmar Simson says

    Will be uninstalling itin the near future. A lot of people won't like it.

  88. John Barron says

    Uninstalling now!!!

  89. ofosuhene dominic says

    Oh I see can somebody help me or +Amanda Blain i want those who send me scam message not to message me at all is there any way to do that

  90. Golu Jain says

    Very useful app

  91. Vilmar Simson says

    +John Barron the deal has not been approved yet.

  92. Tommi Kurtti says

    yes ,,,bisnes is bisnes

  93. Assad Jawaid says

    Uninstalling…hangouts is always an option

  94. gavin scott says

    everybody  should have whats app, 

  95. Sven Meyer says

    You should use Threema – pay once, chat fully encrypted and secure forever!

  96. Matteo Laliscia says

    It's a great chance to definitely switch to hangouts: free, powerful, all devices compatible, just google. 

  97. faridz zidane says

    What next…

  98. Tommi Kurtti says

    There will be a worm / virus, and the rest …………

  99. daniel reiss says

    16 millionen not billion

  100. Beau Hastings says

    Great, something else for them to ruin

  101. Tommi Kurtti says

    WhatsApp tavoittaa myös suomalaiset käyttäjät.
    Kuva: Ruutukaappaus

    20.2.2014 06:51 1,2 miljardin käyttäjän Facebook ostaa 450 miljoonan
    käyttäjän pikaviestipalvelun WhatsAppin 13,8 miljardilla eurolla.

    2014-02-20 10:28 GMT+02:00 Tommi Kurtti <****@**>:

    > yes ,,,bisnes is bisnes
    >
    >

  102. mini mills says

    chould i have one of it…………….

  103. Paul Harris says

    Viber

  104. Olivia Nurczyk says

    I saw this on the news

  105. Gerardo Gómez says

    Ok guys… Shuting whatsApp down…

  106. Jaspal Bhogal says

    Facebook have got an MS mentality. When something come along that threatens them they either buy them out or shut them down.

  107. RANA MUDASSAR says

    ITS 19 BILLIONS  DOLLERS :p

  108. Andrew Konietzky says

    Not surprising considering how FB Chat is one of the worst chat engines around. LOL.

  109. mauro barrios says

    q bien

  110. sampson imbeah says

    They are gonna make it even worse

  111. Olav Fahlander says

    16 Billion !! Get out of here !

  112. Vaillant Ombola says

    C‘est bon quant tu es boss…………………………

  113. Zezoo Gafel says

    bye bye whatapp:(
    hi telegram 🙂

  114. Kelly McDonough says

    And I really dont know why anyone would pay for messaging when you get it free? They didnt list any amazing features that would make me pay!

  115. elder ethaton says

    how much will it cost now for whatsapp

  116. Mabrouk Benharkat says

    I think it's free application

  117. Mahdi Ligniea says

    yes ana 3ashaq 

  118. abdullah afridi says

    I thank it's free app

  119. Uche Eke says

    Uninstalled! Hardly used it before, certainly won't now!

  120. Jan Alrik Philipsen says

    FB will loot all personal data that is stored in Whatsapp. Contact lists, texts, media, permissions…
    Some people used Whatsapp to avoid FB. Well, so much for that plan. Zuckerberg now knows what you told your best friend last summer… 

  121. Cliff Etkins says

    Gawd, this just gives me the weebie jeebies… sad to say, but I have to leave what's app and  start app surfing again… 

  122. فری شاد says

    ااآترتان

  123. Howard Suissa says

    I uninstalled it as soon as I finished reading the first post that fb bought them.

  124. Helene Torrinha says

    Whatsnext…
    u will be stupid foverer!!! No more news papers!

  125. Ivan Zambrano says

    I only downloaded the whats app to chat with a friend from switzerland, but other than that, I don't see any use for it, although it is helpful for international chating. Facebook must see it as an upgrade to their outdated form of online chatting format so I understand why they made that move.

  126. Samuel Wange says

    Yo plis just texing you

  127. benson makala says

    watsapp owners may u think big please!!!

  128. Boris agbonon says

    Après Dieu c'est l'argent……

  129. Calvin Payne says

    Everyone (mostly) has a price, oh and I think it was 19 Billion. If FxxxBook has that much cash to throw around, don't expect them to keep Whatsapp the way Whatsapp was. To them the users will be like What-a-sapp!

  130. Jack Tsu says

    I have uninstalled it a long time ago, now using only hangouts,
    mobile web FB if really I have to

  131. Daniel Beißer says

    Fuck NSA and fucking Facebook

  132. Ross Melonides says

    I could see facebook getting rid of messenger…….still "keeping the Whatsapp brand intact" and then replacing messenger with Whatsapp………then after they do this they will add facebook integration into Whatsapp while still "keeping the Whatsapp brand intact"…….its all a bunch of BS

  133. Ross Melonides says

    I deleted my Facebook…… Its only been a really a distraction since day 1 to me I don't really need it tbh……but if you are really concerned about facebook reading your texts use AppOps Xposed and block the text permissions so that they have no access it requires root though on android…..but for iPhone I don't care because honestly I hate Apple and all of their products except for CUPS (Common Unix Printing System)……if it weren't for CUPS my printer wouldn't be accessible from Linux…..so I will give them that one……sorry for rambling

  134. Muhammad Mubarak Mubarak says

    Kaf halek

  135. Mustafa Ismail says

    Most stupid decision….

  136. Jorge Carrero says

    whatsApp is death!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  137. Sujan Miah says

    Asif

  138. Jane Du Toit says

    I use it … A lot .. And hardly use messenger …. As it's simple to use. Hahaha ….can understand FB wanting it.

  139. mamadou sangare says

    hello

  140. Etienne Muller says

    If they leave the policy as it is then I will keep on using it. If they fk it up I will uninstall it.

  141. Cory Pchajek says

    Telegram looks very promising. Its free of fees and ads, has a clean, simple interface and doesn't seem to degrade photos as Whatsapp does.

  142. Raymond Lackey says

    Too many privacy concerns, removing from my Android device. 🙁

  143. kiran kumar says

    oh yeah

  144. braulio arroyo says

    Hola kiero cer tu amigo

  145. Satyendra Ray says

    Hi

  146. Roshan Gupta says

    not 16 its 19 billion that fb offer

  147. Hashim Juma says

    Hy

  148. Karl Ribas says

    16B is peanuts for facebook

  149. Sudath chandana says

    hi amanda

  150. Hamid Alsmman says

    is it really worthy to buy it?? in middle east almost of this kind of chat programs are under control and be spied by governments, so i am really wounder , why a company just like facebook would buy a program just like whatsApp ??
     

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