Facebook has dismissed claims that its growth is slowing and that people are beginning to abandon the social network, insisting that it is "pleased" with its growth.
Figures from Inside Facebook which V3.co.uk reported yesterday appeared to show a second consecutive month of slower than average growth in May, due in part to the loss of almost eight million users in the US, Canada and the UK.
The site gained 11.8 million users in May, compared to 13.9 million in April, both significantly down on the 20 million or so added every month in the past year, according to the figures.
However, in a brief statement, Facebook questioned the veracity of the figures.
"From time to time, we see stories about Facebook losing users in some regions. Some of these reports use data extracted from our advertising tool, which provides broad estimates on the reach of Facebook ads and isn't designed to be a source for tracking the overall growth of Facebook," the firm said.
"We are very pleased with our growth and with the way people are engaged with Facebook. More than 50 per cent of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day."
The unusual statement from Facebook may have been influenced by its plans for an initial public offer, if an overnight report from CNBC is accurate.
The social networking firm is likely to go public by the first quarter of 2012 with a valuation topping $100bn, the report suggested, citing people familiar with the matter.
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