YouTube Tops One Billion Mark

Video sharing website YouTube has now exceeded one billion regular users.

The site, owned by Google, attributes a boost in visitors to a growth in smartphones.

YouTube was launched eight years ago and purchased by Google 12 months later, at which point it had around 40 million users.

A company statement read: "Nearly one out of every two people on the internet visits YouTube.

"Tens of thousands of partners have created channels that have found and built businesses for passionate, engaged audiences. Advertisers have taken notice."

YouTube was launched by three ex-PayPal employees. Co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the first video upon the site's launch in 2005.

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