More than 1.4 billion video, voice calls were made on WhatsApp on New Year’s Eve 2020

More than 1.4 billion video, voice calls were made on WhatsApp on New Year’s Eve 2020

It was indeed a happy new year for that Facebook and his other companies. The company’s messaging app, WhatsApp, registered a 50 percent increase in calls on New Year’s Eve 2020 compared to 2019. According to statistics, WhatsApp users made 1.4 billion video and voice calls on New Year’s Eve. While most people spent the day indoors, WhatsApp became the only convenient option to celebrate the year with near and dear phones. Facebook also witnessed 55 million live broadcasts worldwide on New Year’s Eve.

While 2020 is not the most happening for many industries, the technology sector is the only sector that appeared to have benefited from it. COVID forced people to turn to technology to stay connected and get things done without ignoring the social norms of aloofness. Video calling, which was not so important in the past, became one of the most sought after tools and so Zoom’s business skyrocketed.

“Before COVID-19, New Year’s Eve was generated Facebookbiggest spikes in messaging, photo uploads and social sharing around the world at midnight. However, in March 2020, the early days of the pandemic caused traffic spikes that would diminish New Year’s Eve several times – and lasted for months. Behind the scenes, Facebook Engineering came together to drive unprecedented efficiency improvements and make our infrastructure more resilient. This work includes load testing, disaster recovery testing and shuffling capability. This year, New Year’s Eve looked very different, and we had technical teams Facebook’s apps, ready to support any problem so the world can ring in 2021, “Caitlin Banford, technical program manager at Facebook, said in a blog.

Facebook admitted that new records have been set on New Year’s Eve 2020. ”At Facebook, we saw spikes in video chats on Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp throughout the year, and last night was no exception. New Years Eve is a historically busy night for our services, but this year we set new records, ”the blog said.

So, according to the data shared by Facebook Worldwide, more than 1.4 billion voice and video calls were made on New Year’s Eve 2020, the highest number of conversations ever on WhatsApp in one day. The messaging app saw a 50 percent spike in calling compared to the previous year.

New Year’s Eve 2020 also brought new laurels to Messanger. The data shows that there were 2x more group video calls on NYE compared to the average day. 55 million live broadcasts were held on Instagram Facebook and Instagram worldwide on New Years Eve.

WhatsApp registered a 50 percent increase in calls on New Year’s Eve 2020 compared to 2019.

News Highlights:

  • WhatsApp users made 1.4 billion video and voice calls on New Year’s Eve.
  • Facebook also witnessed 55 million live broadcasts worldwide on New Year’s Eve.
  • COVID forced people to turn to technology to stay connected and get things done without ignoring the social norms of aloofness.
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