Every month, 3.5 billion people worldwide use Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.

Facebook makes this known in its quarterly figures, in which strong profit figures were also recorded.

The number of users of Facebook services grew by 12 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago.

In the previous quarter, it was still 3.45 billion.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said it was "a strong quarter" for his company.

In a conversation with investors, he repeated his future plans for Facebook, of which he

wants to make

a so-called

metaverse

.

"Think of it as a kind of internet that you're in, rather than just looking at it," he said.

A week ago, Zuckerberg told

The Verge

that he

sees

the

metaverse

as the successor to mobile internet.

The

metaverse

must become a shared online world in which people can communicate, work and play in a virtual environment that is not tied to flat screens.

However, the interpretation of the idea remains somewhat vague.

Strong growth figures will weaken

In the past quarter, Facebook managed to book a turnover of 29 billion dollars (about 24.5 billion euros).

That was $18.6 billion in the same quarter last year.

Most of the money came in through ads, which were sold on Facebook for higher prices.

Net profit was $10.4 billion, compared to $5.2 billion a year earlier.

However, Facebook says that strong growth is no longer possible for the time being.

This is partly because Facebook was able to profit considerably from the corona crisis in the second half of 2020, from which the world is now slowly recovering.

Facebook also mentions the recent iOS updates as an inhibiting factor. This means that users have to give companies explicit permission to track them. If they don't give that permission, highly targeted advertising, as happens a lot on Facebook, becomes a lot more difficult.