Facebook now has two billion users.

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Facebook now has two billion users.

San Francisco: Facebook yesterday said that it now had 2 billion active users per month. This comes as its founder Mark Zuckerberg announced his plan to steer the social media giant in a new direction: to help people find a common space where interactions can take place as it tries to understand what people want from social networking.

In 2004, Facebook recorded its billion user mark, demonstrating strong evidence that people need to network with each other. For the past decade, Facebook has optimized its application for Android phones and low-bandwidth consumption to be more accessible to users.

Today, the social media reports that 66 per cent of its user base returns everyday compared to 55 per cent in 2004.

The chief executive made a post on his Facebook page confirming the achievement, saying that they were “making progress connecting the world” and that it was “an honour to be on this journey with you.”

He told CNN Tech that Facebook needed to do more for its users and that it was important to build channels to allow feedback to come from them. This opens up a diverse range of perspectives in which Facebook can leverage on to find some common ground for everyone.

And from this, Facebook found that a many users were looking for the ability to build their own community.

Naomi Gleit expresses similar views with the Facebook founder, who confirms that its small communities emerging within Facebook that was the biggest factor driving its growth. Each month more than a billion users actively participate in these groups, their interests ranging from sports to humanitarian projects.

Analysts Brian Blau from Gartner says that Facebook does seem to be strongly moving towards becoming “more of a community company than a technology company.”

He noted the significance that Facebook played in the recent US election, in which social networks were flooded with misinformation, part of it being alleged fake news that helped President Donald Trump get elected.

However, keeping hate speech and extremist content from circulating on its pages is the primary challenge that the social media giant has promised to take steps against in the light of the recent attacks in the UK.

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft have announced that they will be working together to curb the spread of terrorist propaganda online, with the “Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism” making its intention clear that it will do its part by sharing engineering, research and knowledge to help out.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/facebook-hits-two-billion-user-mark-8983476  

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