Facebook has announced that the Messenger chat platform now has one billion users, making it the latest popular service to join the billion user club.
Facebook announced the figure in a blog post, promising that more innovations and updates for the service are on the way.
“Today we are announcing that more than one billion people now use Facebook Messenger every month, making Messenger one of only a handful of apps worldwide that touch so many lives,” the firm said.
“We know that every message is important to you, no matter what you want to say, and our team is committed to building experiences you love and to making all the interactions in your life easier no matter who you are communicating with.”
The huge figure is a notable milestone for the platform as it gives Facebook huge reach to its user base, which will no doubt please advertisers.
The vast majority of Facebook users are now active on the Messenger service, making it possible for businesses on Facebook to interact easily with customers via human social media agents or automated bots.
Indeed, Facebook recently launched the Bots for the Messenger Platform so that firms can use the Bots API to build chat agents that customers can interact with to gain information and answers to questions.
The one billion Messenger user base makes it the second of Facebook’s chat services to reach this figure, joining WhatsApp which reached the milestone in February.
Instagram, Facebook's other popular service, has over 500 million users.
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