Facebook hits 2 billion monthly active users

Facebook reaches a new milestone and shows its appreciation with new personalised videos.

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Facebook hits 2 billion monthly active users Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 28, 2017

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took to the social networking platform to announce that the Facebook community has reached two billion users.

Facebook debuted in 2004 and reached one billion monthly active users five years later in October 2012, and now its latest milestone makes Facebook the largest social platform with a high number of active users.

Zuckerberg posted on Facebook: "As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people! We're making progress connecting the world, and now let's bring the world closer together. It's an honor to be on this journey with you."

In Facebook's official statement, Mike Nowak, product director and Guillermo Spiller, product manager, said: "This wouldn't have happened without the millions of smaller communities and individuals who are sharing and making meaningful contributions every day. 

"Each day, more than 175 million people share a Love reaction, and on average, over 800 million people like something on Facebook. More than 1 billion people use Groups every month."

As a result of reaching this milestone, Facebook will show its appreciation by rolling out personalised features. 

"After someone reacts to a friend's post with Love, wishes someone happy birthday or creates a group, they will see a message in News Feed thanking them," Facebook revealed in a statement. 

Facebook's other apps are catching up; Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp have both reached 1.2 billion and Instagram has reached 700 million monthly active users.

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