PARIS: Facebook has reached more than 2 billion active users — that’s around a quarter of the world’s population. The social network reached 1 billion active users in 2012.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the milestone was reached early Tuesday morning. He made the announcement in a Facebook post, saying he’s proud of the work his company is doing to better connect people around the world.
“We’re making progress connecting the world, and now let’s bring the world closer together,” Zuckerberg said in his post.
Facebook is the first social network to connect that many people. YouTube recently announced it had 1.5 billion monthly users, while other sites such as Instagram, 700 million, and Twitter, 328 million, are gradually climbing up the user ladder.
Facebook reached the marker just days after Zuckerberg gave the social network a new mission, which is now focused on building stronger bonds between users. This change comes in response to allegations of helping to spread extremist and hateful speech across the platform, along with fake news.
In a blog post released on Tuesday, Facebook announced it has been deleting 288,000 posts a month in an effort to crack down on hate speech. The company is also trying to increase transparency with its users.