Facebook acknowledged the breach, but said the errors in their 2014 filings were "not intentional." Both airlines had previously launched customer services on the Facebook Messenger platform.
Until 2017 Whats App positioned itself as a solution for a single party with a single smartphone to communicate with another such party, enabling small businesses to use the platform to communicate with customers, After months at beta stage, the application eventually launched in November 2009 exclusively on the App Store for the i Phone.
Koum then hired a friend who lived in Los Angeles, Chris Peiffer, to develop the Black Berry version, which arrived two months later.
This would give them some context for why they are important, and that will lead them to paying for more services like this – or so the hope goes." Just three days after announcing that Whats App had been purchased by Facebook, Koum said they were working to introduce voice calls in the coming months.
He also advanced that new mobile phones would be sold in Germany with the Whats App brand, as their main goal was to be in all smartphones. On January 18, 2016, Whats App's founder Jan Koum announced that the service would no longer charge their users a $1 annual subscription fee in an effort to remove a barrier faced by some users who do not have a credit card to pay for the service.
Whats App, was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both former employees of Yahoo! In January 2009, after purchasing an i Phone and realizing the potential of the app industry on the App Store, Koum started visiting his friend Alex Fishman in West San Jose where the three would discuss "...
having statuses next to individual names of the people", but this was not possible without an i Phone developer.
In December 2009, the ability to send photos was added to Whats App for the i Phone. Facebook, which was advised by Allen & Co, paid $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in Facebook shares, and (advised by Morgan Stanley) an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units granted to Whats App's founders, Koum and Acton.
By early 2011, Whats App was one of the top 20 apps in Apple's U. At a keynote presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2014, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook's acquisition of Whats App was closely related to the vision.According to a Tech Crunch article, Zuckerberg's vision for was as follows: "The idea, he said, is to develop a group of basic internet services that would be free of charge to use – 'a 911 for the internet.' These could be a social networking service like Facebook, a messaging service, maybe search and other things like weather.Providing a bundle of these free of charge to users will work like a gateway drug of sorts – users who may be able to afford data services and phones these days just don’t see the point of why they would pay for those data services.Fishman found a Russian developer on Rent ACoder.com, Igor Solomennikov, and introduced him to Koum.Koum named the app "Whats App" to sound like "what's up".On May 18, 2017, it was reported that the European Commission was fining Facebook €110 million for "misleading" it during the 2014 takeover of Whats App.