One Billion People Now Use Facebook Messenger

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When Facebook separated its Messenger app, people thought it was an unnecessary complication—”oh great, yet another app to have on my phone.” But the messaging platform has done well for itself, proving it is worthy of being its own app.

The strongest evidence of that is that the app now boasts one billion monthly active users. To celebrate, Messenger created a graphic within chats.

“Today we are announcing that more than 1 billion people now use Facebook Messenger every month, making Messenger one of only a handful of apps worldwide that touch so many lives,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “Send a balloon emoji to your friends to add a touch of whimsy and delight to any conversation.”

The second-most popular iOS app ever, Messenger sees 17 billion photos sent monthly, 380 million stickers sent daily, and 22 million GIFs per day.

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