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WhatsApp notches up half a billion regular users

Mobile phone messaging service WhatsApp is celebrating after signing up its 500,000,000th user following a growth spurt in emerging markets such as Brazil, Mexico, India and Russia in recent months.

The glut of new members is fuelling a rise in usage with more than 700m photos and 100m videos being shared via the system each day.

Detailing these encouraging numbers in a blog post WhatsApp said: “We could go on, but for now, it’s more important that we get back to work – because here at WhatsApp, we’re just getting started.”

WhatsApp was recently purchased by Facebook in a giant deal valued at £11.4bn in cash and shares.