Facebook reaches 2 billion monthly users

'It's an honor to be on this journey with you'

Aatif Sulleyman
Tuesday 27 June 2017 19:17
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Facebook has announced that it now has two billion monthly users.

The company reached the milestone today, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealing the news in a post on his Facebook page.

"As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people!" he wrote.

"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."

The company was founded in February 2004, and reached one billion users in October 2012.

More than 800 million people now 'Like' something on the site each day.

To mark the occasion, Facebook has started rolling out new features that users will gain access to over the coming days.

One of these is the Good Adds Up personalised video, which features "inspiring stories of people using Facebook to bring communities together".

Another is Celebrating The Good People Do. "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," says the site.

Facebook has made it its mission to get people to join more groups and communities on the site.

According to Mr Zuckerberg, 100 million users are currently part of "meaningful communities", but he wants that figure to rise to a billion.

Key to this change will be group administrators, who the Facebook CEO compared to pastors.

“As I've travelled around and learned about different places, one theme is clear: every great community has great leaders. Think about it. A church doesn't just come together. It has a pastor who cares for the well-being of their congregation, makes sure they have food and shelter.”

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