Indian netizens sent over 20 billion whatsapp messages on December 31 as they ushered in 2018 with wishes to family and friends, WhatsApp has revealed.
In a release, Whatsapp said that of the 75 billion messages shared on New Year’s Eve, 20 billion were just from India.
These figures the highest-ever number of messages shared on the platform, which has over 1 billion users worldwide and counts India as its biggest market with 200 million users.
It is notable that WhatsApp suffered an outage lasting more than an hour late on December 31, 2017 and in the early hours from January 1, 2018.
The Indian users had sent 14 billion messages through the platform on New Year’s Eve last year.
The top five popular features of WhatsApp included video calling, live location, delete for everyone (messages), new album view for photos and “Status” which saw over 300 million daily active users.
Globally, WhatsApp hit a new milestone with more than 75 billion messages sent by its users.
The 75 billion number included 13 billion images and five billion videos.