Instagram hits 300M monthly active users and planning verified profiles

From Gigom:

Facebook’s photo sharing service is starting to show some impressive user stats. Just nine months after hitting 200 million monthly active users, Instagram has passed the 300 million threshold. Meanwhile, WhatsApp has 600 million monthly active users and Facebook Messenger has 500 million. Instagram is far past Snapchat, which reportedly has 100 million monthly actives.

With the news, Instagram also announced that it will be introducing verified profiles for public figures and companies.