Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) recently proclaimed that its Messenger app has hit the turning point with 500 million monthly users, becoming relentlessly from 200 million in April. The company as of late differentiated the Messenger feature from the fundamental Facebook app and made it mandatory to download in order to keep on the service. With this step, Facebook constrained its users to introduce Messenger app to receive, send and read messages, which brought on the sudden spike.

“This is an exciting milestone but with a half billion people relying on Messenger to communicate and connect, it is also a reminder that there is so much left for us to do,” said Peter Martinazzi, Director of Product Management, Facebook.

As a standalone app, Facebook Messenger permits users to share photos, send stickers, make free calls, and group chat. Facebook also claims to have likewise enhanced the speed and reliability of the app, and make updates available to the app at regular intervals.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that people who used Facebook online were less than those who used SMS in so many other countries. He also included that it was “a short-term, painful thing to ask folks to use a separate messaging app” yet the company needed to assemble a dedicated and focused involvement to serve the instant messaging experience to as many users as possible.

In August, the popular messaging service, WhatsApp, which is presently a piece of Facebook, crossed 600 million worldwide monthly users. The company also witnessed a 100 million user growth in four months from 500 million active users in April.

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