San Francisco – On Wednesday, Facebook said the number of users of its Messenger application had topped one billion, a key milestone as it seeks to expand the platform to new services. According to the company, Messenger is the second most popular application in Apple’s iOS system behind Facebook itself.
Facebook vice president David Marcus said in a statement – “As part of this journey to one billion, we focused on creating the best possible experiences in modern day communications,”
“We remain focused on helping connect people to the people and businesses who matter most.” The growth in Messenger gives greater reach to Facebook.
Facebook itself has more than 1.6 billion users, and WhatsApp, another messaging application acquired by Facebook for some $20 billion in 2014, also counts more than a billion users.
Other services in the Facebook “family” include Instagram, which more than 500 million use to share images, and Oculus, which makes virtual reality gear.
Facebook said more than 17 billion photos are sent to friends through Messenger every month and that Messenger users have played 1.2 billion games of virtual basketball.