WhatsApp Breaks Records On New Year’s Eve

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WHATSAPP breaks activity records on New Year’s Eve

Messaging giant WhatsApp has said that it saw the highest number of voice and video calls even on New Year’s Eve 2020, with some 1.4 billion calls made around the globe.

Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, also saw a huge increase in activity on Messenger and Instagram on December 31. Travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic have meant that many people haven’t seen family or friends for months on end, and Facebook has reported that video calling has been on the rise all through 2020.

Caitlin Banford, technical program manager at Facebook, said: “Before Covid-19, New Year’s Eve generated Facebook’s biggest spikes in messaging, photo uploads and social sharing at midnight across the world.

“However, in March 2020, the early days of the pandemic produced traffic spikes that would dwarf New Year’s Eve several times over – and it lasted for months”.

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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.

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