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Facebook says Messenger has more than 500 million users

Facebook Messenger now has more than 500 million active users

Michael Hatamoto | Nov 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm CST (0 mins, 45 secs time to read)

Facebook Messenger now has more than 500 million monthly active users, even though many users weren't happy about being forced to download and install the service as a separate app. The No. 1 social networking website currently has 1.35 billion monthly active users, and wants to continue growing the number of Messenger users - and hopes to reach 1 billion next.

Facebook says Messenger has more than 500 million users | TweakTown.com

Active Messenger user figures increased 150 percent in one year - which was largely due to it being mandatory on smartphones.

The effort has angered some Facebook users, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently explained his company's reasoning: "On mobile, each app really can focus on doing one thing well, we think. You're probably messaging people 15, 20 times a day, and having to go into an app and wait for it to load and then go through a bunch of steps to get to your messages or send a message is a lot of friction."

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