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Facebook nears 700m users, loses in US, Canada

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Facebook nears 700m users, loses in US, Canada


The world’s largest social network Facebook has lost about six million users in the US, its home country, while growing elsewhere.

By the start of June, Facebook had reached 687 million monthly active users, according to Inside Facebook, a website that gathers data on the network and publishes analysis for marketers and investors.

This is the first time Facebook has lost members in the US in the past year, pushing numbers from 155.2 million down to 149.4 million.

Numbers in Canada also fell by 1.52 million down to 16.6 million. Norway, Russia and the United Kingdom have lost more than 100,000, according to Inside Facebook.

Facebook’s main growth continues to come from countries that adopted the social website rather late. In May, the company gained 11.8 million new users, compared to 13.9 million over April. In the past 12 months, the site has grown by an average of 20 million users a month.

The speediest growth was recorded in Brazil at a rate of 10 percent. Mexico followed closely with 7.6 percent and Thailand’s user base by 7.1. It is said that if China allowed the website, Facebook users could quickly reach one billion.

By Ali Sheikholeslami
London Correspondent

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