Facebook announced that it has achieved 1.2 billion monthly active users on its Messenger platform, a 200 million user rise in just 8 months. This puts Messenger head to head with WhatsApp which also enjoys 1.2 billion monthly active user.

This milestone was announced by head of Messenger David Marcus, who also confirmed that messages sent per active user has also been on a massive rise, and they have also managed to achieve ‘double digit growth percentage-wise’.

Reports state that Sensor Tower’s numbers indicate that global Android and iOS downloads of Facebook Messenger grew 5.66 percent year on year from 145.3 million in first quarter of 2016 to 153.5M in first quarter of 2017.

Credit: NDTV