Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the social media website can take over from churches and offer users a sense of community.
Facebook has announced that it now boasts 2 billion monthly active users, which means about 28 percent world’s population is active on the site.
Zuckerberg shared the milestone with his 92 million followers noting that the firm is ‘making progress connecting the world’.
The announcement comes 13 years after Facebook made its debut on the web and less than five years after revealing it had hit one billion active users.
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Facebook has announced that it now boasts 2 billion monthly active users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared the milestone with his 92 million followers noting that the firm is ‘making progress connecting the world’
FACEBOOK’S NEW MISSION
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had revised the online social network’s mission statement – saying its all about community.
The move comes as Facebook faces pressure from smaller rivals such as Nextdoor and Meetup, whose online networks bring together neighbors and people in the same area with shared interests.
Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page that his company’s new mission is to ‘give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.’
‘I believe the most important thing we can do is work to bring people closer together,’ Zuckerberg said in a post announcing the change.
‘It’s so important that we’re changing Facebook’s whole mission to take this on.’
The previous mission was ‘to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.’
When Zuckerberg first invented Facebook, although it started as a way for college students to connect, he had hopes it would be a way for the entire world to connect.
But in recent months, that mission had changed to the focus of bringing the world closer together – which it seems the social media tycoon is sticking too.
And he thought there was not better to share the new milestone than on his own platform – and he even responded to some of his many followers.
One Facebook user, named Pretty Bree, had commented that the site still has 5 billion more people to go – referring to the recent census that predicted there are about 7.4 billion people in the world.
And the CEO replied, ‘We still have a long way to go to connect everyone.’
‘But we must do more than just connect – we must bring people closer together.’
During a speech in Chicago, Zuckerberg added: ‘As I’ve travelled around, one theme is clear: every great community has great leaders. A church doesn’t just come together. It has a pastor who cares for the well-being of their congregation. Leaders set the culture, inspire us, give us a safety net, and look out for us.’
In comparison to Facebook’s 2 billion users, there are 2.2 billion Christians around the world and 1.6 billion Muslims.
In the UK church membership has fallen from 10.6 million in 1930 to 5.4 million in 2013, a drop from 30 per cent of the population to 10 per cent.
The firm has acknowledged these users as being part of the success of the platform.
‘This wouldn’t have happened without the millions of smaller communities and individuals who are sharing and making meaningful contributions every day,’ Mike Nowak, product director and Guillermo Spiller, product manager, shared in a blog post.
‘Each day, more than 175 million people share a Love reaction, and on average, over 800 million people like something on Facebook.’
‘More than 1 billion people use Groups every month.’
Facebook has come very far from its early beginnings at Harvard, as it is now more than just the single platform.
The firm explained that each day, more than 175 million people share a Love reaction, and on average, over 800 million people like something on Facebook. And more than 1 billion people use Groups every month
The firm has expanded to own WhatsApp, Instagram, Oculus and has developed its own products like Facebook Messenger – all of which may have played a major role in the new milestone.
And it was only in March did the social media site announced it had 1.94 billion monthly active users
To celebrate the milestone, Facebook is set to share several personalized experiences over the coming days.
To celebrate the milestone, Facebook is set to share several personalized experiences over the coming days. When someone reacts to a friend’s post with ‘Love’, wishes someone happy birthday or creates a group, they will see a message in News Feed thanking them
The firm is launching a personalized video to celebrate bringing the world closer together.
And soon, when someone reacts to a friend’s post with ‘Love’, wishes someone happy birthday or creates a group, they will see a message in News Feed thanking them.
‘Reaching this milestone is just one small step toward that goal,’ wrote Nowak and Spiller.
‘We are excited to continue to build products that allow people to connect with one another, regardless of where they live or what language they speak.’