India overtakes the USA to become Facebook’s #1 country

Facebook has released new usage figures showing that India has overtaken the United States as the country with the highest number of Facebook users.

The new figures show that total Facebook users in India total 241 million, while U.S. users trail behind at 240 million.

This follows the recent announcement that the social media platform has reached a new milestone, marking 2 billion active users each month. While the company has had impressive growth in both countries this year, the growth rate in India has been more than double the rate in the U.S. for the first half of 2017.

The increase in Indian users in 2017, with over 50 million new active users, led to the country taking the number one spot from the United States, which added 26 million active users in the same period.

Most Facebook users in India are young, with 53% of users under the age of 25, and 83% under 35. The majority of users are male. Men represent 76% of users in India, in contrast to the U.S., where active users of Facebook identifying as female represent 54% of total users.