With 1 billion active users, Facebook now third-biggest ‘planet’ on Earth

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In an appearance on the “Today” show Thursday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that the social network now has 1 billion friends, reports Julie Moos of the Poynter Institute.

“Just so we’re clear: As of Sept. 14, one in seven people on this planet has been classified as an active Facebook user,” writes Helen A.S. Popkin. “If Facebook was a country, it would have the third largest population, right behind China (1,347,350,000) and India (1,210,200,000), and ahead of the United States (314,500,000).”

More from Moos here.

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