Mark Zuckerberg announced on Facebook that his platform now has two billion active users, and it’s the first social media outlet to do so.
Facebook launched 13 years ago and hit the 1 billion users mark just five years ago. There are 7.5 billion living, breathing humans on planet Earth. A third of them are active Facebook users. To further accentuate Facebook’s ubiquitous presence in the world, only 3.2 billion of the global population has access to the internet, according to the BBC.
“As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people!” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook account. “We’re making progress connecting the world, and now let’s bring the world closer together. It’s an honor to be on this journey with you.”
Behind Facebook, YouTube is best positioned to surpass the two billion benchmark, as they have 1.5 billion users. Tied for third at 1.2 billion is WhatsApp and… the Facebook Messenger app.
Here’s how they all stack up against each other by way of active monthly users, via TechCrunch.