Facebook Will Have 5 Billion Users by 2030, Mark Zuckerberg Thinks

CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday during an event at the company’s new Frank Gehry-designed headquarters designed to celebrate Facebook’s 12th anniversary Thursday, which it has dubbed Friends Day where he said to have 5 billion active users on Facebook by 2030.

Facebook currently has more than 1.5 billion monthly active users. Zuckerberg says “We want to finish connecting everyone, we’re going to do it in partnership with governments and different companies all over the world.”

Facebook aims to connect 5 billion people of the world’s 7 billion population to its social network, to connect other 3.5-billion people that could be accomplished in part by deploying autonomous planes. Zuckerberg believes that the world’s population will remain unchanged in the next 14 years. According to most estimates, the world’s population will be at 8.5 billion by 2030.

To accomplish that goal of getting nearly 60% (estimates for 2030) of the world’s population on the social network in the 14 year timeline, it’s going to take a strong push to continue connecting big regions of Africa, India, China and the Middle East.