Over 1.4 billion WhatsApp calls made on New Year’s eve

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

02nd Jan, 2021. 11:52 am
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As coronavirus pandemic has restricted everyone across the world to meet their loved ones, however, to connect with them on New Year’s eve, people turned to social media apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook.

According to the details over 1.4 billion WhatsApp calls were made globally on New Year’s eve.

“More than 1.4 billion voice and video calls were made on New Year’s Eve 2020 globally, the most ever calls in a single day on WhatsApp,” said Facebook which owns WhatsApp.

Moreover, WhatsApp saw more than 50% of increases compared to 2019’s New Year’s even.

Not only WhatsApp, but Facebook Messenger also saw an increase on the same day.

“New Year’s Eve 2020 was the biggest day ever for Messenger group video calls (3+ people) in the US, with nearly 2X more group video calls on NYE compared to the average day,” said Facebook.

While people on Instagram Live and Facebook Live saw over 55 million live broadcasts globally on New Year’s Eve.

The social media giant said that the increase in the use of the technology was more likely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“In 2020, people turned to technology to stay in touch and get things done in the face of social distancing and stay-at-home mandates, and video calling became arguably the most in-demand feature,” said Facebook.

The social media giant said that on the last day of 2020, hey saw new records being set as it turned out to be the “historically busy night” for their services.

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