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India becomes Facebook's largest user base with 241 mn users, overtakes US

Men still represent three-quarters of the active Facebook profiles

IANS  |  San Francisco 

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has overtaken the to become Facebook's largest country audience with a total 241 million active users, compared to 240 million in the

The change at the top of the platform's country rankings comes just a few days after announced it has more than two billion monthly users around the world, a report in The Next Web on Thursday said.

The portal was quoting figures that the giant released to advertisers.

The figures indicate that active users in were growing more than twice as fast as in the

"Active users in are up 27 per cent in the past six months alone, compared to growth of 12 per cent in the over the same period," the report added.

What was puzzling is that despite being the platform's largest country audience, the penetration in remained low, with just 19 per cent of its total population using in June.

The figures also lay bare the Facebook's gender imbalance in as men still represent three-quarters of the active profiles.

In contrast, in the US, 54 per cent of the platform's active users were women.

More than half of India's users were below the age of 25.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 12:13 IST