Facebook Messenger adopted by 40 per cent of UK mobile users

Facebook’s controversial Messenger app has been adopted by 40 per cent of UK mobile users, according to a report tracking its adoption across the world.

© Karlis Dambrans (CC BY 2.0). Cropped.

© Karlis Dambrans (CC BY 2.0). Cropped.

The UK figure has increased from 27 per cent at the end of 2013, while 38 per cent of the global mobile audience outside of China is now using the app, according to GlobalWebIndex.

The countries with the highest adoption rates include the Philippines (59 per cent), India (57 per cent) and the United Arab Emirates (55 per cent).

Facebook Messenger initially faced something of a backlash after users expressed concerns about the number of permissions it asked for on mobile devices.

More recently, it was reported that Facebook plans to expand the app to allow users to make payments to their friends through Messenger.

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