Meta owns the four largest social networks in the world

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, owns four out of five social media platforms with the most users in the world.

According to recent statistics, more than 4.5 billion people, or 57% of the global population, use social networks. Facebook currently has about 2.9 billion monthly active users (MAUs). The largest number of users comes from India with about 350 million people, the second is the US (193.9 million) and the third is Indonesia (142.5 million).

However, Facebook is not the only giant in Meta’s network. WhatsApp has about 2 billion monthly users, making it Meta’s second largest platform and third largest social network globally.

Like Facebook, WhatsApp users are largely in India, with around 390 million users. Brazil is in second place with 108 million.

Meta currently dominates the entire social network, with a total of 7.5 billion monthly users across four platforms: Facebook, Messenger, Whatsapp and Instagram. However, several other companies also hit the one billion MAU mark across all their platforms.

Behind Meta is Tencent, the Chinese company that owns WeChat, Qzone and QQ. WeChat is the most popular platform, WeChat users send about 45 billion messages per day on average.

Third on the list is Alphabet, thanks to a single platform, YouTube. Founded in 2005, YouTube now has more than 50 million creators, sharing around 500 hours of video content every minute.

Behind Alphabet is Bytedance with a total of 1.6 billion MAU on two platforms Douyin and TikTok. Despite their similarities, the two apps operate entirely separately with different subscription, content, and regulatory policies.

The social network is virtual but the rules and constraints are real. Since 2009, Facebook has been banned in China for not following censorship rules. The same is true in Iran and Syria.

In 2020, in the US, President Donald Trump issued a ban on TikTok, but this order was opposed by a federal judge and finally overturned a year later.

Despite various bans and barriers, it is clear that social networking platforms have penetrated the lives of users around the globe. As worldwide Internet access increases, so does the number of social media users.

Huong Dung (According to Visual Capitalist)

He asked Facebook's management company to sell the animation platform Giphy

He asked Facebook’s management company to sell the animation platform Giphy

According to British officials, asking Facebook to sell Giphy is to protect millions of social network users and promote competition and creativity in the field of digital advertising.


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