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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

The popularity of Facebook is showing no signs of abating. 

According to figures released in the social network's third-quarter results, 864 million people were using the site on a daily basis during the period. This represents growth of 19 per cent compared to the same time last year.

To put this figure into context, the population of Europe is roughly 742 million, which demonstrates just how popular Facebook is on a global level.

On a monthly basis, the social network received an average of 1.35 billion active users during the third quarter, an increase of 14 per cent year on year. 

These impressive figures helped Facebook report an increased profit. The organisation's net income for the third quarter was $806 million (£506 million), which is up 90 per cent when compared to last year.

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said: "This has been a good quarter with strong results. We continue to focus on serving our community well and continue to invest in connecting the world over the next decade."

The social network has also revealed that the number of people using its Messenger service, which was launched in 2011, has now reached 500 million. 

Peter Martinazzi, Facebook director of product management, stated: "This is an exciting milestone but with a half billion people relying on Messenger to communicate and connect, it is also a reminder that there is so much left for us to do."

Facebook is still some way ahead of Twitter when it comes to popularity. The latter currently has 284 million monthly active users, who are responsible for half a billion tweets each day.

Pop star Katy Perry remains the most popular person on Twitter, with close to 60 million followers, just short of the entire population of the UK. Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga complete the top five.

Harry Styles of One Direction fame is the most followed Brit on the network, with some 22 million followers.