Facebook Sees Big Growth in Asia Despite Free Basics Controversy

APACWSJ — Facebook Inc. is adding users in Asia at a much faster rate than other parts of the world, an executive said, showing the recent controversy over the firm’s free Internet service in India is not deterring the social networking giant’s expansion in this part of the world.


India our second-biggest market: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said India has the second biggest Facebook community. The CEO of the social networking giant was addressing a townhall gathering at IIT Delhi. Taking questions from a gathering of over 900 students and others, Zuckerberg revealed that the social networking giant has over 130 million users in the country and India is its most important market in the world. ​


WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in India: Survey

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Facebook remains the most popular social networking site in India, while WhatsApp tops the list of instant messaging (IM) apps, according to report by global research consultancy firm TNS. As per the findings of ‘Connected Life’ — a global study of the digital attitudes and behaviours of 60,500 internet users across 50 countries, 55% are on instant messaging every day.


China LinkedIn users top 10 million

ChinaWant China Times — The number of LinkedIn users in China has topped 10 million, a year and a half after the world’s largest professional network launched a Chinese version of its online services. Founded in 2003 in the United States, LinkedIn has more than 300 million users. Before tapping into the Chinese market in February 2014, the company had just 4 million users from China, who registered on its global website.


WeChat hits 549mil global users, claims 95% penetration in Malaysia

MalaysiaTENCENT Holdings Ltd said its WeChat messaging app has reached 549 million monthly active users globally, up from the 500-million user milestone achieved three months ago in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2014. In Malaysia, it claims a 95% smartphone penetration rate. Citing research released by GlobalWebIndex (GWI), it said the active user base in Malaysia has grown by 1,187% from Q1 2013 to Q3 2014.

Facebook grows to 270M daily active users in Asia, up 25% from same time last year

APACFacebook’s newest earnings report, for Q1 2015, comes at a time when Mark Zuckerberg’s company is able to boast some ginormous milestone numbers. Indeed, that’s what Zuckerberg did on his Facebook this morning. In Asia, the headline number is that Facebook has now grown to 471 million monthly active users (MAUs) in Q1 2015, up from 390 million MAUs the same period the year earlier. That’s out of a global total of 1.44 billion MAUs in the newest figures.


WeChat now has 500 million monthly active users

ChinaMessaging app WeChat now has 500 million monthly active users (MAUs), parent company Tencent revealed today. The new figure for Q4 2014 is up from 468 million in Q3 last year, and up from 355 million at the end of 2013. WeChat’s growth in active user numbers slowed down dramatically in the first three quarters of 2014, but it stabilized at 6.8 percent growth from Q3 to Q4 – the same rate as from Q2 to Q3.