WhatsApp is a free program that provides messaging service and exchanging messages, media and media over the Internet, a program that still receives great support from Facebook after it acquired it in 2014, and it is an American application made by engineer Brian Acton and Jan Koum.
The history of WhatsApp as a free program and application extended for the period between 2009-2014, when the two friends, Brian Acton and Jan Koum, exchanged friendship visits between them before 2009 after the termination of their contracts by Yahoo after they were hacked and tampered with their systems.
And these two giants in the world of technology agreed to create a WhatsApp application that allows users to make phone calls and exchange texts and images among themselves for free, unlike Apple, which pressured users to buy products and updates when it activated users’ payment notification systems, which caused pressure for many of them.
In 2009, when the first beta version of the WhatsApp application was launched, the number of users of this application suddenly increased to 250,000 users, although Acton was working on the idea of another project at that time, which revealed to Kom and Acton the need to follow and support the WhatsApp application on an ongoing basis. To have more users in the future.
Acton was not a major partner of Com at the time, but he officially joined the company in November 2009 after receiving funding from 5 former friends of Yahoo after they agreed to invest an amount of $250,000 in operating and promoting the application.
Publishing the app
The first beta version was launched on the AppStore for iPhone devices in November of the same year, and com hired a friend in Los Angeles named Chris Beaver to develop the BlackBerry version, which was released two months later in 2010.
Google made repeated acquisitions of the WhatsApp application, which were met with rejection, however, the success of WhatsApp continued to be one of the best applications in the store for the year 2011.
Buying Facebook for WhatsApp
Despite the success of WhatsApp individually in the electronic markets, attempts to acquire that company still existed until February 19, 2014, after which Facebook offered the largest amount to acquire WhatsApp for $ 19 billion, which is the largest acquisition in history until 2014. 2014.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, said at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, that the idea of acquiring the WhatsApp application is to develop a set of free-to-use applications for the Internet and make it like Facebook and others.
Whatsapp web app
Not only was there a WhatsApp application for smartphones, but there was a need for a WhatsApp web application that helps users to access their accounts through the web, due to the limited capabilities of cellular devices and their small screens.
WhatsApp Web was made available for computers in January 2015, through an announcement that Jan Koum put on his personal Facebook page, in which he mentions the advantages of using WhatsApp Web on the customer’s page over the Internet, where you can use the WhatsApp application with all its advantages such as conversations, exchange messages, photos and videos, Or extracting certain data through messages, in addition to the speed in using the advantages of WhatsApp Web via computers due to the ease of controlling the mouse and keyboard.
Countries Banned WhatsApp Service
Here are a number of countries that refused to use the WhatsApp service for political and economic reasons:
- United Arab Emirates: Banned the video service and chat via WhatsApp due to the large number of reports from telecom providers due to the economic damage.
- China: The State of China has permanently banned the WhatsApp and Facebook service from their country, and they have been replaced by internal social networking services.
- Iran: WhatsApp service has been blocked in Iran for political reasons.
- Some Arab countries: Some Arab countries have deleted communication services from WhatsApp due to the economic damage to communication networks and service providers.