Millions shared New Year moments on Facebook Live, WhatsApp

San Francisco: More than 10 million users around the world went live on Facebook to share their New Years day moments with their friends, the company has said.

“The night topped last year’s live broadcast activity, with Users sharing 47% more live videos than last year,” Erin Connolly, Product Manager at Facebook, wrote in a blogger on Wednesday.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp also hit a new milestone on New Year’s Day with more than 75 billion msgs sent by its users.

According to VentureBeat, the new record represents the most msgs sent in a single day in the chat app’s history. The previous record was set in 2016, also on New Year’s Eve, with 63 billion msgs sent.

The 75 billion number included 13 billion images and 5 billion videos.

WhatsApp registered these numbers despite the fact that users in India and other parts of the world went into a frenzy after the messaging platform went down at midnight on New Year. It was restored in two hours.

Source from, it received 2,012 reports that WhatsApp was not working at its peak.

The record was also set despite Whats App discontinuing support for Blackberry OS and Windows Phone services on December 31.

For the New Year’s Eve, Facebook had launched several live features, like live Augmented Reality (AR) effects and party hats.

“We saw more than three times as many broadcasts with a friend on New Year’s day compared to an average day in December, making it the biggest day so far for Live With,” Facebook said.

20 bn messages sent on New Year’s Eve in WhatsApp

WhatsApp users in India sent a record over 20 billion messages to share greetings on New Year’s day, the Facebook-owned company said on Thursday.

The messages were sent between 12 a.m. till 11.59 p.m. on December 31.

“New Year’s day was WhatsApp’s biggest messaging day ever, closing out a successful year for the company that included the introduction of several new features,” WhatsApp said in a statement.

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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.

WhatsApp currently has over 200 million monthly active users in India.

Globally, WhatsApp hit a new record with more than 75 billion messages sent by its users. The 75 billion number included 13 billion pictures and five billion videos.

The messaging platform registered these records despite the fact that users in India and other parts of the world went into a tizzy after WhatsApp went down at midnight on New Year. It was restored in two hours.

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