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”.

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