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    Sunday, 22 October 2017

    Facebook reaches the incredible mark of 2 billion users month!

    "We're getting to a size where it's worth looking carefully at what all the things we can do to make social media is the most positive force for the best," said Facebook Product Director Chris Cox for TechCrunch on the New Frame Company. Thirteen years after launch and less than five years after reaching 1 billion, Facebook now has 2 billion active monthly users.

    Facebook wants people to celebrate with a custom "Good Adds Up" video that they can make and share here. Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg played cool with this short ad message.

    Two billion make Facebook the largest social application in terms of registered users, over 1.5 billion YouTube, 889 million WeChat, 328 million Twitter and estimated 255 million Snapchat (extrapolated from the December index of 2015 when it had 110 million per day and 170 million monthly Commercial). In addition to YouTube, only other Facebook applications have more than 1 billion, including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, with 1.2 billion each. Instagram could soon join this club as it recently shot 700 million.

    Facebook's growth in the last half of the decade was fueled by the developing world. The company relentlessly optimized its application for cheap Android smartphones and low bandwidth connections. It has added 746 million users in Asia and the Rest of the World region since reaching a total of 1 billion users. Meanwhile, it only added 41 million in the US and Canada.

    Despite the size and age of Facebook, at 17% its user count is growing as fast or faster than any year since 2012. And people are not using it either. In fact, 66 percent of Facebook's monthly users return every day now, compared with 55 percent when it hit 1 billion. If the adolescent social network is no longer legal for teenagers, this is not being shown in the big metrics.

    But neither has the colossal impact that Facebook had on society, which is now trying to lean toward positivity with its new mission statement to "Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer."

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    "There's definitely a deep sense of responsibility in every part of the company," Cox told TechCrunch. "We're getting to the point where we have to greatly improve our understanding of how the product was used." That's why he's traveling the world doing user research. And that's why Mark Zuckerberg crossed the country on a listening tour that many people cynically assume is the start of a race for president, despite the CEO's denials.

    Perhaps creating a community of 2 billion people is enough responsibility to get out of Silicon Valley and find out how Facebook affects people's lives.

    There are big and notable things like suicides on Facebook Live and fears that the fake news has been chosen by Donald Trump. But more profoundly, there are even more complex ramifications of an almost omnipresent social network. It can drive the addiction on the internet that alienates people and eases the filter bubbles that polarize society, reinforcing our opinions. Facebook has largely conquered its competitors, giving it the latitude to finally address the modern sociological challenges stemming from its popularity.

    Cox says that one important standard Facebook is adopting is: "When you think of very complex systems that are affecting humanity, they are only open about what is happening.

    "I live with the constant aim of understanding, for every thing we do, how we maximize all this good and restrict any way of being misused or turned into something sad," he concludes solitarily.

    If we reach 1 billion was about building a product, and reach 2 billion was about building a user base, Facebook's responsibility is to build empathy between us, reaching 3 billion

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