Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg said WhatsApp Business application is catering to more than 200 million users on its platform, a four-fold jump from about three years ago.
The increase in user base comes as Meta shifts focus to the development of business messaging, as an uncertain economy slows down its core advertising business.
Meta said it would begin testing features which will help small businesses run ads that click to the messaging platform without the need for a Facebook account.
Small and medium businesses would be able to send personalized messages such as appointment reminders and updates on a holiday sale to their customers for a fee.
Meta has been working to monetize its messaging apps, WhatsApp and Messenger, as CEO Zuckerberg sees business messaging as the company’s next pillar.