Facebook’s Messenger app hits half a billion monthly active users

Facebook’s Messenger app has grown in popularity — no doubt because the company forced people to install it — and now 500 million people use it every month. By comparison, 600 million people use WhatsApp, reportedly 100 million use Snapchat and 400 million use China’s WeChat. At last week’s public Q & A, Mark Zuckerberg said, “We believe that messaging is one of the few things that people actually do more than social networking.”