Facebook Lite, a basic variant’s of Facebook’s smartphone app now has more than 200 million users. Launched in 2015, Facebook Lite uses less data and is therefore aimed at users in emerging markets with slower internet speeds.
Along with this, the company has rolled out a performance-enhancing update for the app to make it even better.
Facebook Lite is currently available in Israel, Italy, United Arab Emirates and South Korea. It’s already present in numerous African and Asian countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
Talking about the achievement, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote in a blog post, “In many areas, networks can be slow and unable to support all the functions available on Facebook. FB Lite gives people access to core Facebook experiences like News Feed more quickly, while consuming less data.”
Facebook recently updated its Safety Check feature with a way to allow people to lend or get help in times of natural disasters.
The social media giant launched Safety Check in 2014. It’s a tool designed to let users inform their friends and family of their well-being in times of disastrous events.