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Facebook Messenger Catches Up With WhatsApp, Hitting 1.3bn MAUs

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Facebook Messenger now has 1.3bn monthly active users.

The milestone was announced by head of Messenger David Marcus in a social media post.

This figure is up from 1bn in July 2016 and 1.2bn in April 2017.

It’s also the same number of MAUs as WhatsApp, which reached the 1.3bn milestone in July.

In a Facebook post, Messenger said: “We’ve continued working hard to make Messenger the best it can be, introducing new masks, filters and reactions for video chat, more suggestions from M and making our virtual personal assistant available in more places around the world, rolling our more Instant Games more broadly and bringing Messenger Lite to more countries.

“We also redesigned the Inbox so that all of your favorite features are front and center making it easier to connect.”

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Facebook was testing some Tinder-style connection tools on the platform.

The tool asked whether users of Messenger wanted to meet up with one of their friends, with a simple yes or no option.

Any response to this question is kept private unless both parties say yes – much like Tinder’s double opt-in system.

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