Facebook said its Messenger app now has 1.3 billion monthly users, up 30 percent in just over a year and rivaling the popularity of WhatsApp.
The milestone, disclosed on Thursday, comes two months after WhatsApp, Facebook's other message service, said it was serving 1.3 billion users a month.
Facebook wants to generate more revenue from those services after warning that ad sales growth from its News Feed product will start to wane in the second half of this year.
The company two months ago. CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently said he wanted the company to move even faster to get ads in front of Messenger users.
Facebook shares are up more than 40 percent this year, as Wall Street analysts expect its 2017 sales to rise 42 percent from a year earlier.