Facebook updates its Inclusive Internet Index report

The ‘Inclusive Internet Index’ for Facebook is recently released and the numbers show some interesting data points regarding internet users and their connection to the World Wide Web.

Developed in partnership with The Economist, the Inclusive Internet Index for Facebook is based on several key factors including accessibility to the internet, affordability, relevance, etc.

According to Facebook, more than half of the world’s population – 4.1 billion are connected to the internet. On the other hand, more than 3.5 billion people are still deprived of the ‘opportunities’ brought by the internet.

Facebook also notes that roughly 2.26 billion or 30% of the world’s population is using the Facebook app on a daily basis. The number seems accurate in some context but if you take into account that around 26% of the world’s population is under the age of 15 and Facebook requires its users to be 13 to sign up – it does reduce the potential pool of users for Facebook.

Additionally, Facebook also notes in its report that connectivity in low-income countries has slowed in the past year while lower-middle-income countries have seen substantial growth. Connections through mobile devices have also become more prevalent due to their ease of access and affordability.

Facebook is also working on ways to improve connection infrastructure for its users by developing a Terragraph, Magma, and satellite-based Wi-Fi system. Alongside, Mark Zuckerberg’s team continues to work with local operators to enhance their systems for better functionality.



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