India tops in number of FB users

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 15 Jul 2017, 13:30:36 | Updated : 15 Jul 2017, 13:33:04
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India tops in number of Facebook users: Report

India tops in number of FB users
FE Online Desk
A recent report claims that India has overtaken the United States in total number of Facebook users, becoming the social networking giant's top country by user base. 

The report pegs Indian users at 241 million, a shade ahead of the Unites States' 240 million, according to TOI. 

However, Facebook has contradicted the number, claiming the "monthly active" users - or those who log in at least once a month - in India stands at 201 million.

The report on technology news website The Next Web cited numbers reported to advertisers by Facebook. 

Citing slides from social media management platform Hootsuite and social media marketing and advertising agency We Are Social, it claims that India has 241 million "active" users, while the US stands at 240 million. Brazil is reported to stand a distant third with 139 million "active" users.

When contacted to confirm the TNW report, a Facebook spokesperson told TOI over email: "Facebook has 201 million monthly active users in India." 

In its first quarter earnings call in May this year, Facebook reported 234 million MAUs for USA and Canada together. 

Splitting the numbers between the two countries, it is possible that India indeed has taken over USA in number of Facebook users by now - a development Facebook has not confirmed.

Just last month, Facebook reported reaching the two billion mark in monthly active users. 

In another report last April, Hootsuite claims that Dhaka has been ranked second among the cities with the highest number of active Facebook users.

The Bangladesh capital has 22 million active Facebook users, which is 1.1 per cent of the total monthly active users of the social networking site across the globe, the report said.

The study was conducted in 2016 on only Facebook but in 2017, the organisations are trying to depict the use of internet in their 'Global Digital Statshot Q2 2017' report.

Around 15 million reside in Dhaka. People staying around the Dhaka city corporations were also taken into account in the study.

Bangkok topped the list with 30 million active Facebook users while Jakarta, placed third, had nearly the same amount of active users of the site in Dhaka.
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