Facebook has officially reached two billion monthly active users, further strengthening the company’s position as the largest social networking site globally. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, shared the company’s milestone via his Facebook page, adding that the company is “making progress connecting the world.” Coincidentally, Zuckerberg’s announcement came only a few days after he unveiled the company’s new mission statement with the goal to “bring the world closer together.” Facebook launched the new mission statement at its first Community Summit in Chicago last week. Meanwhile, other social networking sites pale in comparison with Facebook. Its closest rival is YouTube, which has 1.5 billion users. Twitter, on the other hand, recently reported a monthly active users of 328 million as of April 2017.
Hitting the two-billion user mark means Facebook is now connecting approximately two-thirds of the world's population, as indicated by the International Telecommunications Union’s 2016 report. More to the point, Facebook now has a wider role in helping to address some of the world’s pressing issues. Along with its expanding platform is the company’s increasing duty in moderating sensitive content, vetting the accuracy of information shared via its platform, and other ethical issues.