Facebook Hits 2 Billion User Mark

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, CEO

World’s most popular social media service, Facebook, now has two billion monthly active users, the company said on Tuesday.

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of the social platform giant announced the milestone on Tuesday as he highlighted the company’s mission – not just connecting people, but helping them find common ground.

The firm’s new mission statement says it seeks “to give people the power to build community.”

The 33-year-old toured the United States this year to better understand what people want out of the social network, the move many believe led to the company’s new mission.

“As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people!” Zuckerberg wrote in a post marking the milestone.

“We’re making progress connecting the world, and now let’s bring the world closer together,” he wrote. “It’s an honor to be on this journey with you.”

Facebook’s announcement came as it works to redefine its purpose, led by Zuckerberg who toured the US this year to better understand what people want out of the social network.

Speaking in a recent interview with the CNN Tech, Zuckerberg said: “We realize that we need to do more too.

“It’s important to give people a voice, to get a diversity of opinions out there, but on top of that, you also need to do this work of building common ground so that way we can all move forward together.”

Founded in 2004, the social media giant hit the billion-user mark five years ago.

“These billion levels are significant milestones; and certainly it is a lot of people around the planet,” said Gartner analyst Brian Blau. “It goes to show the power of community, and how people are naturally drawn to each other.”

In the latest move to deepen its reach, it revealed Monday it is starting production on high-quality television series and gaming shows to be broadcast on its platform.

Working with a small group of partners, Facebook hopes to start putting out episodes of its forthcoming series by the end of the summer, Nick Grudin, the vice president for media partnerships, told AFP.

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