Mobile messaging service Whatsapp has denied rumours that it could be sold to search giant Google.
Speaking to AllThingsDigital, Whatapp business development head Neeraj Arora said the company was not holding sales talks with Google.
This comes as the service was reported to be up for a potential $1bn (£650m) sale to Google, as reported by tech Digital Trends.
The rumours suggest that Whatsapp, which reportedly makes $100m in revenue every year, is “playing hardball” with Google.
Last year, Facebook was reportedly in talks to buy the messaging service, but Whatsapp dismissed reports as “not factually accurate”.
Whatsapp recently announced that its users are sending one billion messages each day, and on New Years Eve last year it saw 18 billion messages sent in just 24 hours.
Speculations are rife that Google could poach Whatsapp staff to launch its own messaging service called Babble later this year.
Google has refused to comment.
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