Facebook claims half bn users for messaging app after controversial split

Social media giant sees 150% increase in users, despite anger over separate download

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Facebook claims half bn users for messaging app after controversial split When the app split came into effect in August, the result was widespread anger from users. (Getty Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  November 11, 2014

Facebook Inc has claimed a user base of more than 500m for its messaging service, three months after it was controversially split from its parent Facebook app, Reuters reported.

Facebook's messaging app had just over 200m users when the company announced the split in April. When it came into effect in August, the result was widespread anger from users, who gave the messaging app an average 1.5 stars in reviews, during its opening weekend, many complaining that the download was an inconvenience.

In an interview with ITP.net's sister site, Arabian Business, in August, Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's vice-president in Europe, Middle East and Africa, indicated the social media giant had expected the criticism, but had confidence it would dissipate over time.

"I think whenever anything new comes out there's always a group of people that are not sure about it or worried about it or challenged by it," she said.

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