On May 18, 2017, it was reported that the European Commission was fining Facebook €110 million for "misleading" it during the 2014 takeover of Whats App.
After months at beta stage, the application eventually launched in November 2009 exclusively on the App Store for the i Phone.
Whats App Web's user interface is based on the default Android one.
As of January 21, 2015, the desktop version was only available to Android, Black Berry and Windows Phone users.
Whats App was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both former employees of Yahoo! In January 2009, after purchasing an i Phone and realizing the potential of the app industry on the App Store, Koum started visiting his friend Alex Fishman in West San Jose where the three would discuss "...
having statuses next to individual names of the people", but this was not possible without an i Phone developer.
Facebook acknowledged the breach, but said the errors in their 2014 filings were "not intentional." Until 2017 Whats App positioned itself as a solution for a single party with a single smartphone to communicate with another such party, enabling small businesses to use the platform to communicate with customers, After months at beta stage, the application eventually launched in November 2009 exclusively on the App Store for the i Phone.