Fb Messenger App Crosses 500 Million Consumer Milestone

Fb’s choice earlier this yr to drive cellular customers to undertake its standalone Messenger app to ship messages is seemingly understanding. The corporate introduced in a weblog submit Monday that greater than 500 million individuals at the moment are utilizing Messenger every month. Messenger was launched in 2011. Final spring, Fb introduced it might take away messaging capabilities from the usual Fb cellular app and require all customers to obtain the standalone Messenger app in the event that they needed to proceed to ship and obtain messages on their cellular units. Some customers complained about being pressured to to obtain an app with nebulous privateness implications. Apparently, many determined to obtain it anyway.

“That is an thrilling milestone however with a half billion individuals counting on Messenger to speak and join, additionally it is a reminder that there’s a lot left for us to do,” Peter Martinazzi, Fb director of product administration, wrote within the weblog publish. That features catching as much as competitor WhatsApp, which in August reported reaching 600 million customers.

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First revealed November 10 2014, 12:03 PM