Time to dump WhatsApp as Facebook takes over software
19 February 2014 Last updated at 22:23
Facebook to buy messaging app WhatsApp for $19bn
Facebook has said it will buy messaging app WhatsApp for $19bn – the social networking giant’s biggest purchase to date.
WhatsApp is popular with young people looking to avoid text messaging charges and has been cited as a rival to BlackBerry Messenger.
WhatsApp has over 450 million users.
In a statement, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg described WhatsApp’s services as “incredibly valuable”.