Over one billion people have used Facebook in a single day for the first time, marking a milestone for the social network which has a user base that dwarfs its rivals'.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg revealed the new record, describing the company's growth as a way to give every person a voice and an opportunity in the modern world.
"We just passed an important milestone. For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day. On Monday, one in seven people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family," he said.
"When we talk about our financials we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it's just the beginning of connecting the whole world.
"A more open and connected world is a better world. It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values."
Looked at from a different angle, most of the world's population, around six billion out of seven billion, tend not to use Facebook as their main way of communication, meaning that the company has even more scope to build its user base.
Facebook reported average daily users of 968 million in its June 2015 figures, 844 million of whom were on mobile devices.
A solid 65 percent of these people log in to Facebook on a daily basis, giving the company scope for even heavier daily use.
The company has achieved its growth partly by continuously tweaking the platform, adding new security features and bolstering the capabilities of its Messenger service.
The addition of features such as video chat to Messenger have boosted Facebook's user base, and the Messenger chat app for Android alone has seen a billion downloads.
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