Feb 19 AT 6:07 PM Dima Aryeh 20 Comments

Facebook acquires WhatsApp for $19 billion, WhatsApp to operate independently


Facebook has made another huge purchase that makes its purchase of Instagram look insignificant. Instagram was purchased for a hefty $1 billion, which many thought was a crazy amount for a photo-sharing app. It seems to have worked out well for Facebook, thought. This time around, Facebook has purchased WhatsApp Messenger for a massive $16 billion dollars as well as an additional $3 billion in restricted stock.

For those worried about the state of WhatsApp, Facebook says that the company will operate independently. The CEO of WhatsApp is even joining the Facebook board of directors, so WhatsApp isn’t losing anything significant in this acquisition.

WhatsApp is a huge service at the moment, with 450 million people using it every month and a steady growth of 1 million new users per day. Still, $16 billion is still an incredible amount of money. Of that total, $4 billion will be in cash, while the other $12 billion will consist of Facebook shares. In the event of that the deal is cancelled, Facebook will pay WhatsApp $1 billion in cash and $1 billion worth of stock.

We’ll see what Facebook decides to do with WhatsApp . With Facebook already having put significant work into its own messenger system, it’ll be interesting to see how the two companies eventually integrate. Will Facebook Messenger be powered by WhatsApp, or the other way around? We’re excited to see how this progresses and to learn whether or not that $19 billion will be worth it.

What are your thoughts on the acquisition? Leave a comment!

Source: Facebook Newsroom

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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    I hate to be a dick but you guys have GOT to proof read your posts. The occasional typo is easily overlooked but when every other sentence has a grammatical error, missing word, extra word or misspelled word, it becomes too distracting to read and I move on in frustration.

  • chelsea

    wow thats almost as much as Arsenal spent on wizard of Ozil….btw Bayern Munich outclassed Arsenal today…again….bossing the second half like men against boys

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    • jamal adam

      Just and FYI, this doesn’t belong in an Android/Tech news site unless it pertains to it which it clearly does not. Maybe mention something like the overall UEFA Champions League and how HTC is its sponsor and stuff like that.
      p.s. as an Arsenal fan, I think well come back stronger and win at Bayern.



  • aranea

    If they integrate facebook into whatsup They should give my money back to me.

  • BlazeHN

    I really hope they dont fussion Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp and disolve the 2nd one. That would really sux =/

    Think on current Skype / Hotmail MSN.

  • Mudassir Ali

    Doesn’t matter as long as WhatsApp provides ads free service.

  • cookie

    Glad I stopped using whatsapp more than a year ago c;

  • xaml

    While certainly remaining to operate strictly independent, they simply will be combining all of the data they gathered about you to better make you work for their revenue. Are you excited yet?

    • thel0nerang3r

      If you are not paying for it, you are not the customer… you are the product. That’s why so many services are free to us, to get our eyeballs for ads.

  • NSA traitor

    NSA cuntz will have a field day – use LINE instead

  • MeanDroid

    I just hope they keep both platforms independent.
    I like Facebook messenger as it is, the phone calls service is as reliable as Skype. And surely Facebook will loose is audience and shares value if starts to charge users to pay for it’s messaging service in future… that is a fact.
    People use the service because is free of direct Monetary charge and nothing else. WhatsApp is popular, but in reality most people only use it for the first year before they have to pay for the service.

  • jamal adam

    WOW!! 19 Instagrams is a shitload.

  • donger

    Whole lot of money.

  • Dimitris

    Here in Switzerland Whatsapp is pretty much installed in all Smartphones. There is though a rising power which looks very similar to Whatsapp but provides more security.. Its called “Telegram”. Its sounds great the only problem is people dont know it.

  • aryin

    with the data whatsapp can provide for fb, it can probably compete with google face to face, this will get interesting yet scary, especially when you think about the amount of $ fb is willing to pay to be ready for this *war*

  • 9-bit

    only Threema and (soon) Hemlis should be NSAnal secure by then. Drop whatscrapp immediately!!!!!!

  • Paul Jauregui

    Whats up with WhatsApp’s Security? Multiple SSL vulnerabilities found in Facebook’s new $19B mobile app acquisition http://www.praetorian.com/blog/whats-up-with-whatsapps-security-facebook-ssl-vulnerabilities

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  • Dianna Bai

    As someone in the visual media industry, I think that Facebook acquired WhatsApp for the private photo sharing. Here are my thoughts! http://reelgenie.com/blog/photo-whispers-why-facebook-acquired-whatsapp-for-19-billion/