Digital Markets

Facebook And Tencent Are The Biggest Players in Social Media

by
,

Facebook has released new figures for the first quarter of 2017. Its monthly active users (MAU) have grown by around 17 percent year-over-year to 1.94 billion worldwide. This makes Facebook the top dog in social media, also because its closest competitors aren’t really challengers to the throne. WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger enjoy round about 1.2 billion users worldwide but belong to Facebook Inc.

However, there is a competitor that the average Joe in America and other Western countries might still not have heard of. As the Statista infographic shows, Facebook's closest real competitor when it comes to monthly active users is called Tencent. It's one of China's biggest publicly traded companies and its subsidiaries QQ, WeChat and Qzone count around 2.4 billion monthly active users.

Tencent's user count is all the more impressive as, unlike Facebook, it caters to domestic Chinese users only. However, there is a darker side to Tencent's success story: Like other Chinese tech and internet companies it owes part of its success to Chinese protectionism and censorship. Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat, alongside Google, are just a few of the providers blocked in the People's Republic.

Check out Statista's "Digital Economy Compass" for more of the kind.



Infographic: Facebook And Tencent Are The Biggest Players in Social Media | Statista
 Report
Related Infographics
  • U.S. exports
    Saudi Arabia Is the Biggest Buyer of U.S. Arms

    This chart shows the value of U.S. arms exports in 2016, by country.

  • Financial Markets
    American Household Debt Has Surpassed 2008 Levels

    This chart shows U.S. household debt, housing and non-housing (in trillion of dollars)

  • Smartphones
    Most iPhone Users Never Look Back

    This infographic shows smartphone brand retention rates in the United States in 2017.

  • Employment in the United States
    The 10 Most Common Bad Boss Traits

    This chart shows the most commonly cited issues employees have with their managers.

  • Mobile banking
    The (Still) Limited Reach of Apple Pay

    This map shows countries/regions in which Apple Pay is available.

You may also be interested in...
Infographic Newsletter

Statista offers daily infographics about trending topics covering Media and Society.

Download & Reference
You may also be interested in...
FAQ
Who may use the "Chart of the Day"?
The Statista "Chart of the Day", made available under the Creative Commons License CC BY-ND 3.0, may be used and displayed without charge by all commercial and non-commercial websites. Use is, however, only permitted with proper attribution to Statista. When publishing one of these graphics, please include a backlink to the respective infographic URL.

Which topics are covered by the "Chart of the Day"?
The Statista "Chart of the Day" currently focuses on two sectors: "Media and Technology", updated daily and featuring the latest statistics from the media, internet, telecommunications and consumer electronics industries; and "Economy and Society", which current data from the United States and around the world relating to economic and political issues as well as sports and entertainment.

Can Statista create customized charts?
Absolutely! For information on tailor-made and sector-specific Charts of the Day, please contact Robin Hüdepohl
(robin.huedepohl@statista.com).