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Facebook Messenger hits 1.3 billion monthly active users mark

Messenger is now at par with Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which also has 1.3 billion monthly active users.

tech Updated: Sep 15, 2017 11:14 IST
WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger become top two messaging apps in the world. REUTERS/Phil Noble
WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger become top two messaging apps in the world. REUTERS/Phil Noble(REUTERS)

Facebook Messenger now has more than 1.3 billion monthly active users. The application had crossed 1 billion monthly active users mark in July last year.

“We’ve continued working hard to make Messenger the best it can be, introducing new masks, filters and reactions for video chat,... making our virtual personal assistant available in more places around the world,” Facebook said in a post on Friday.

The growth of Messenger now puts the app at par with Facebook-owned WhatsApp which also has 1.3 billion MAUs.

The growth comes as Messenger and WhatsApp both have taken concrete steps towards monetisation.

“We have rolled out ‘Instant Games’ more broadly and bringing ‘Messenger Lite’ to more countries. We also redesigned the Inbox so that all of your favourite features are front and centre making it easier to connect,” the Messenger post read.

Facebook announced in June that it has nearly two billion monthly active users.

Facebook-owned Instagram has 700 million monthly users, 200 million of which are using its ‘Stories’ feature every day.

The nearest rival Snapchat has only about 166 million daily active users.

“We are very grateful to each and every one of you in the Messenger community for Messenger to reach the people and businesses you care most about,” Facebook said.