The occasion marks the fourteenth app to hit the five billion mark on Google Play, joining YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail. It also continues Facebook’s streak as the only company outside of Google to have an app to perform that number of installs. Messenger is the third application of the social network to reach this level, after the Facebook application in 2019 and WhatsApp in early 2020.
Despite not a small number of controversies, this marker shows how much people depend on Facebook for communication. The company is working to strengthen its chat empire by building a cross-platform backend to eventually allow its three messaging apps to work together. However, there is still a lot of work to be done, especially on the privacy front. Messenger hasn’t implemented end-to-end encryption yet, and it will take some time before that changes. Even as users are increasingly focusing on privacy, this milestone is a reminder that apps like Signal and Telegram have a long way to go before they come close to anything resembling Messenger’s popularity.
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