calculated during the annual press conference of Whatsapp parent company downdetector.com the disorder was especially users in Central Europe. Most error messages, the service received by users from Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Benelux countries.the measuring narrow service by a disturbance was affected. It lasted about two hours. About 1 o’clock in the morning, the service was again available. Whatsapp confirmed the loss, called but no details. According to
the messaging app of the Germans most popular by far is
WhatsApp. This is the result of a representative survey carried out on behalf of the digital Association BITKOM from last year . Therefore use 63 percent of Internet users who communicate via Messenger, the app of of subsidiary of Facebook.
biggest competitor is thatSkype with a share of 16 percent. 15 percent on the third rank is Facebook’s in-house rival Messenger. Taken together the messaging offerings by Facebook dominate the German market so with a share of 78 percent. “
on the other courts follow iMessage with 9 percent and hangouts with 5 percent. The popular mainly among young people in the United States according to BITKOM service Snapchat came in the survey see 1023 Internet users aged 14 and over to two percent. Equipped with special security features apps like Threema, telegram and signal had not prevailed, however, still. One reason for this is that the big vendors have also improved the security of their services. End-to end encryption offer, for example, WhatsApp and iMessage.
a total 69 percent of Internet users use currently regularly a short message service. In younger people, the proportion is significantly higher than for older users. A common method of communication are Messenger 82 percent of 14-up 29 and 81% of 30-49 year olds. In the 50 to 64 years shrinks to 59 per cent. In the so-called generation 65-plus only 28 percent rely on messaging services.
Whatsapp: criticism by consumer protection agencies
in September, the consumer advocates had warned from WhatsApp. You criticize that defers the company with the transmission of personal information such as phone numbers of previous commitments. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself had assured explicitly that there will be no Exchange customer data between the two companies. The new data protection directive by WhatsApp but should pave the way for companies, which want to contact its billion users worldwide. Better the users to be able to adapt to advertising, the Messenger wants to more closely cooperate with Facebook and compare in particular the user database of both via the telephone number.
April end the Verwaltungsgericht Hamburg a has confirmed arrangement of Johannes Caspar Hamburg Commissioner for data protection and freedom of information, which may of WhatsApp users and data store. According to the Court, the social network does not have the “valid consent required” WhatsApp users. Facebook’s motion to dismiss the Attorney’s Office rejected it.