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Facebook reports 2 billion users on network

Facebook on Tuesday has announced a total of two billion people now use the social network to connect, communicate and collaborate.

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

The social media giant’s founder Mark Zuckerberg recently highlighted his new mission of not just connecting people but helping them find common ground.

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

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

“We realise that we need to do more too,” the 33-year-old said in a recent interview with CNN Tech.

“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,” he added.

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

Zuckerberg’s message was echoed by Naomi Gleit, a Vice President at the Internet giant, who credited the millions of small communities emerging within Facebook for helping drive growth.

More than a billion people take part each month in Facebook “groups” – built around everything from sporting interests to humanitarian projects, she said in an online post on Tuesday.