Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Facebook dominates social media with 2 billion users a month

Facebook is reaching another milestone, announcing that it now has more than 2 billion users.

It's the biggest status update ever from Mark Zuckerberg: Two billion people - almost a quarter of the world's population - hang out on Facebook at least once a month. Zuckerberg said Facebook would add improved data analysis tools to help moderators understand, for instance, which members are most engaged, and software that would make it easier to remove posts when needed. Facebook is trying to set the stage for a return to China where it's been blocked since 2009.

The company had some 1.94 billion people using its service monthly as of March 31, an increase of 17 per cent from a year earlier.

This week the folks at Facebook have broken their own record for largest number of active users in a month. So the Facebook founder wants to bring more meaning to its almost 2 billion users by shepherding them into online groups that bring together people with common passions, problems and ambitions. "And then for example in the case of something like suicide or bullying, going and working with subject matter experts, getting the research on what's the best possible thing that we can do, and then talking to the world about it".

In addition, if you react to a friend's post with Love, wish someone happy birthday, or create a group, you'll see a thank you from Facebook, and on, the social network will be featuring fun facts about how people are contributing to the global community.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had revised the online social network's mission statement - saying its all about community. So, yeah: almost two-thirds of the people on the Internet are on Facebook. Facebook's plan to connect people with like-minded fellows sounds like "a fine idea", she said.

In 2014, the social media site revealed it had altered the news feeds of more than half a million randomly chosen users in an experiment that analyzed how emotions spread online.

Despite Facebook's size and age, at 17% its user count is growing as fast or faster than any year since 2012.

'Reaching this milestone is just one small step toward that goal, ' wrote Nowak and Spiller. "If we can get that to 1 billion, we will have reversed the whole declining trend for decades and start re-growing it to strengthen the social structure".

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