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Facebook Messenger reaches 1.2 billion monthly active users

Facebook Messenger reaches 1.2 billion monthly active users
Facebook Messenger active users
After breaking the one billion users barrier back in May, Facebook Messenger moves to a whole new level and leaves behind the 1.2 billion users mark, also increasing the number of messages sent per active user.

Back in July, Facebook Messenger managed to hit the one billion monthly active users mark. The growth from 800 million to one billion was pretty fast - from January 2016 to June 2016. Now, the 1.2 billion barrier is left behind as well.

The impressive growth sustained by Facebook Messenger since April 2014, when it had around 200 million active users should have also included a decrease of the average engagement. According to Facebook Messenger's head David Marcus, this is not the case. Speaking to TechCrunch, he revealed that "we increased engagement massively in terms of number of messages sent per active user. We had double-digit growth percentage-wise."

David Marcus also mentioned that Facebook Messenger is now "a primary communications channel" for many users and we think that, with the demise of Yahoo Messenger, this does not come as a surprise. The number of Facebook Messenger downloads for iOS and Android grew 5.66 percent in the first quarter when compared to the same period of 2016 - from 145.3 million to 153.5 million, reveals Sensor Tower.

These being said, it only remains to see when will Facebook Messenger break the 1.4 billion active users barrier.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-04-12 (Update: 2017-04-13)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.