If you can't beat them, buy them: Facebook acquires WhatsApp for $16 billion

If you can't beat them, buy them: Facebook acquires WhatsApp for $16 billion
WhatsApp, the hugely popular cross-platform messaging application, will belong to Facebook starting later this year. Mark Zuckerberg’s company today announced that it agreed to buy WhatsApp for a staggering $16 billion, including $12 billion worth of Facebook shares and $4 billion in cash.

According to Facebook, the acquisition will boost its “ability to bring connectivity and utility to the world.”

A few months ago, we told you that WhatsApp became more popular than Facebook’s messaging app. You know how the saying goes: if you can’t beat them, join them - or, in Facebook’s case, buy them.

At the moment, WhatsApp has more than 450 million monthly users combined on all important mobile platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. The application is also available to some Asha and Symbian users.

Facebook made it clear that “WhatsApp's core messaging product and Facebook's existing Messenger app will continue to operate as standalone applications.”

Jan Koum, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO, will join Facebook’s Board of Directors.


source: Facebook

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53 Comments

4. Blazers

Posts: 733; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

They say they'll run each service independently.....for now. It's obvious they bought the company for the users, not the service. Eventually they will merge them, like what Microsoft is doing with Skype. Most likely Whatsapp will be the one folded into FB messenger.

34. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Look how skype turned out

43. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Or how Google did it with YouTube. Now you can't even leave a comment without having a Google+ account. It sucks D!!!

52. sianto

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Skype is the other way around, WhatsApp will be too, but then you need a FB account!

55. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

In comclusion. FB will screw up WA. One SNS screwing another.

5. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

this is f**king garbage. Had I known it would go down this sh*tty path I'd have never bought the app. Dumbass whatsapp as well.. what'll they do when people increasingly leave facebook, causing it's revenue to fall, which in turn will cause a crashing stock?? Essentially they sold a really good app that people loved to a company people increasingly loathe, for a measly 4 billion.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A company that people loathe and yet continues to be the biggest site in the world? Stop whining. Facebook bought Instagram and yet it's still seperate.

25. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Have to agree with you on this matter...

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Face book need diversity to be reverent so its a correct move on facebook part.

48. sniperdroid

Posts: 146; Member since: May 23, 2013

Measly 4 billion??!!

6. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I love viber more.lol

26. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

japanese company bought them too :P

7. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Nice now whatsapp can't display 'know why we don't sell ads' thing at the start. Another good app gone down the drain...

8. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

I never use this app. I used fb msgr everyday

10. cse.vicky unregistered

I want my money back !

11. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I hate ads.

13. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Well I used to praise this app. But if they require a person to open a FB account, then to hell with it. I don't have a FaceBook account, and I'm not planning on opening one in order to keep this great application. :(..... O.o

14. cen89

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

Hello BBM :)

15. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Damn. Wont use What's app no more. Really sucks. Never trust Facebook.

16. kamen

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

Had I only knew, I would have never paid for two years! But, f*ck it - I've closed the useless FB account just as I'll dump WhatsApp

22. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

He paid $16G for it when he could have downloaded for free smh

23. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I see what you did there!

24. jjjsong

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

I wonder if whatsapp will become free. If so, I may install it back lol

28. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

So you mean you had unistalled it just cause of the $0.99 a year??

30. jjjsong

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

yes. Even though it's only 0.99 a year, there are so many free apps that do the same thing or more/better for free. I don't find the the 0.99 justified.

44. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Do they do offer the samething ad free??

57. jjjsong

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

I haven't noticed ads in Line or WeChat.

32. kotan24

Posts: 311; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Im staring to hate google, they want to turn everything into a fricking monopoly! Hate this Im through with whatsapp.

35. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

facebook bought WA. not google... dude!

38. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

You beat me to it. LOL. I was reading coments, then post mine. I didn't refresh, so didn't see your post.

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