Facebook’s CEO announced Thursday that the company passed another significant milestone. On August 23, “for the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day,” Mark Zuckerberg posted on his official account.
The CEO said that 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family on that particular day. “When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world,” the CEO wrote.
“I’m so proud of our community for the progress we’ve made. Our community stands for giving every person a voice, for promoting understanding and for including everyone in the opportunities of our modern world,” Zuckerberg went on saying.
The milestone is an indication that a more open and connected world is a better world, he said. According to Zuckerberg, Facebook brings together people with those they love, a stronger economy filled with more opportunities, and “a stronger society that reflects all of your values.”
He then thanked everyone on Facebook for choosing to be part of the community. “I’m looking forward to seeing what we accomplish together.”
The CEO’s post had already been liked for more than 140,000 times and shared for more than 11,000 times. The post, however, sparked different opinions about the social media company. Some of the comments congratulate Facebook for the milestone while others said that the platform had actually done more harm than good.
One user posted how he was able to connect with someone who like him had also lost a twin. “Without Facebook I would have gone through my life thinking I was alone in my grief and loss. With the power of Facebook I have come to terms with losing my twin and made life long friends who have gone through the same pain as myself who understand exactly what it is like to lose a twin,” the comment reads.
Another Facebook user said that the social media site helped her connect with her loved ones during the 2011 earthquake in Japan. The user shared that email and phone lines were down at the time and it was only through Facebook that she found way to let her loved ones that she and her children were okay.
Another user said Facebook had changed her life. “We are all connected to our family and friends overseas and we know they are okay. There are other social media websites and apps now, but it all started from Facebook,” she said.
One user, however, criticized Facebook for destroying “everything real in our lives , everything has become through a screen , virtual , not real,” adding that “this is not a better world , i need our old world back.”Another user sung of the same tune, saying that Facebook connects “us to people around the globe , but disconnecting us from people inside our home.”
There is also one user who said that with Facebook, “people don’t know their own kids life as much as they know their neighbors.” The user criticized the platform for giving people meaningless entertainment like porn ads and for tracking its users.