There was some concern about the future of Facebook Messenger when the social network decided to launch it as a standalone app a couple of years ago. Many were unsure about the direction that Facebook wanted to take with Messenger. It has since built Messenger into a bona fide cross-platform messaging service. 2017 has been a good year for the service as it saw the total number of video chats it has powered jump to double than that of last year.

Facebook Messenger powered more than 17 billion realtime video chats on Messenger. That’s double the video chat sessions that it powered in 2016.

The social network is aware that the video calling functionality works well with the public. No wonder it introduced the ability to take part in or launch group video chats about a year ago. Facebook Messenger offers a similar user experience to both iOS and Android users.

Facebook has also revealed that Messenger users have shared more than 500 billion emojis in 2017. That comes down to a staggering 1.7 billion every single day.

There are more than 7 billion conversations taking place on Messenger every single day this year. More than 260 million new conversation threads were started every day in 2017.

Facebook continues to add more features to Messenger is and even working to further expand its user base in key markets.

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