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Facebook sees dramatic spike in usage

Facebook has witnessed dramatic usage spikes in countries that have been rocked by the coronavirus pandemic.

The tech giant has revealed that group calls have rocketed by as much as 1000 percent in Italy, which is one of the countries worst-hit by the health crisis.

Messaging traffic has also increased by 50 percent on average across the hardest hit countries, according to Facebook.

Despite this, the social networking platform - which also owns Instagram and WhatsApp - admitted that the usage spikes won't insulate the company from falls in digital advertising across the world.

Facebook confirmed: "We don't monetize many of the services where we're seeing increased engagement."

Meanwhile, Facebook recently announced it is offering its messaging app to help health authorities amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The social network giant feels it's important to "connect" government health organisations and UN health agencies across the world with their Messenger app and its developers.

In a blog post, Facebook said: "Communities around the world are dealing with quarantines and other disruptions to daily life because of the coronavirus outbreak.

"Our mission to help people connect and be closer together is more important than ever, and it's critical we provide people with full access to the latest and most reliable information."

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