It's not just the Facebook app that makes the social networking site one of the highly used one, but also the Facebook Messenger app has helped the company to become more popular.
Now, Facebook has announced that more than 500 million users are using its standalone Messenger each month. The social network removed the Messenger from main Facebook app in July and started urging users to download the Facebook Messenger app.
Peter Martinazzi, Director of Product Management, Facebook on a blog, "Messaging is an important part of how people stay connected and since Messenger launched in 2011 we've been passionate about giving people a faster and more expressive way to communicate. Today more than 500 million people are using Messenger each month and we're more committed than ever to make it the best possible messaging experience."
the company further writes, "Messenger was the first of our standalone apps, and unlike our core Facebook apps, it focused on one use case - messaging. With Messenger, you can reach people instantly. It is just as fast as SMS but gives you the ability to express yourself in ways that SMS can't. You can send stickers or videos, take selfies, chat with groups and make free calls. We've also continued to improve speed and reliability. Updates to Messenger ship every two weeks so it continues to evolve and improve."
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