The number of active Facebook users in India has reached 241 million. Photo: iStock

With 240 million active Facebook profiles, India is now the world’s biggest user of the social media site, pushing the US, which has 240 million, down to second place, according to media reports.

The number of active users has been increasing much more rapidly in India,  and more than half of new ones are under age 25, IANS reported.

“Active users in India are up 27% in the past six months alone, compared to growth of 12% in the US over the same period,” said IANS.

According to the report, three-quarters of active Facebook users are men, while in the US 54% are women.

However, the report said that while the number of Facebook users is high, overall use remains low, with only 19% of the population logging on to the social networking site as of June.