Facebook Messenger hits 500m active users

Facebook Messenger hits 500m active users

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Facebook users have, begrudgingly it appears, recognized the necessity to download their standalone Messenger application.

The firm today announced it’s now arrived at half a billion active users after turning off accessibility chat area of the primary application in August.

The choice motivated a backlash from more vocal users, in addition to sparking an ethical panic over privacy worries connected using the Messenger app’s permissions.

The Messenger application premiered initially this year, only made compulsory this summer time. It not just provides the chance to talk about texts with folks and groups, but additionally photos, videos, stickers and free calls over Wi-Fi and 3G.

“With Messenger, you are able to achieve people instantly,” the organization authored on its Newsroom blog. “It is equally as fast as SMS but provides you with the opportunity to express yourself with techniques that SMS can’t. You are able to send stickers or videos, take selfies, talk to groups making free calls.

“We’ve also ongoing to enhance speed and reliability. Updates to Messenger ship every two days therefore it is constantly on the evolve and improve.

“This is definitely an exciting milestone however with one half billion people counting on Messenger to speak and fasten, it’s also a indication that there’s a lot left for all of us to complete.Inches

The 500m active users provides the firm 1.1bn messaging application users when combined with 600m WhatsApp users presently active.

Have you ever held firm against Facebook’s tactics and sacrificed what you can do to make use of chat in your phone? And have you caved in and be among the 500m? Share your emotions below.

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