Facebook has a billion friends


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The Independent Tech

Facebook now has one billion users, the equivalent of about one in seven of the world's population, its founder announced yesterday.

Mark Zuckerberg welcomed the "amazing, humbling" milestone, which has come in a year that has seen the social network float on the stock market to a mixed reaction.

More than $50bn (£31bn) has been lopped off Facebook's market value since the launch in May.