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Facebook Messenger now has 700 million registered users

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Facebook Messenger now has 700 million registered users
According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, quoted by Re/Code, Facebook Messenger now reaches a total 700 million users across the globe. 

Back in late March, Facebook's mobile messaging solution claimed 600 million users, meaning that the service was able to expand its reach by 100 million users in less than three months. It should be mentioned that these are not active users, but the total number of registered users instead. Zuckerberg allegedly made the announcement at a Facebook investor meeting on Thursday. 

Just a few days ago, Facebook Messenger crossed the 1 billion download mark on Android, being one of few Android apps to achieve this notable feat.

Last summer, when Facebook separated Messenger from the main Facebook app, a lot of users were not pleased that Facebook was shoving a new app down their throats. But it turns out that Facebook users are not boycotting Facebook Messenger despite being forced to use it.

At the time of its launch, Messenger did not bring any significant new features compared to how the messaging service used to work inside the main Facebook app. In the meantime, however, Facebook made it perfectly clear that it is taking a new direction with its messaging app. Instead of settling for the role of a standard messaging service, Facebook Messenger is now evolving into an e-commerce platform that can even run apps and games. Just recently, Facebook unveiled that it is updating and improving Messenger's location sharing system, in a move that some say could pave the way towards an integration with car-sharing services such as Uber.

At the moment, the only messaging app that claims most users is Facebook's other messaging app, WhatsApp. With 800 million active users, WhatsApp remains the king of the mobile messaging market, and if WhatsApp wasn't a Facebook-owned company, Messenger's growth rate would have posed a serious threat. However, as the situation stands, it's only more good news for Facebook. 

source: Re/Code

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