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Facebook, Inc.
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Teep o businessPublic
Teep o steid
Social networkin service
Available inMultilingual (140)
FoonditFebruar 4, 2004
(16 years ago)
HeidquartersMenlo Park, Californie, US
Aurie servedUnitit States (2004–05)
Warldwide (2005–present)
Key fowkMark Zuckerberg
(Chairman and CEO)
Sheryl Sandberg
RevenueIncrease US$27.638 billion (2016)[1]
Operatin incomeIncrease US$12.427 billion (2016)[1]
Net incomeIncrease US$10.217 billion (2016)[1]
Tot assetsIncrease US$64.961 billion (2016)[1]
Total equityIncrease US$59.194 billion (2016)[1]
Employees17,048 (December 31, 2016)[2]
Oculus VR
Alexa rankSteady 3 (Februar 2017)[3]
UsersIncrease 1.86 billion monthly active users (December 31, 2016)[2]
Current statusActive
Written inC++, PHP[4] an D leid[5]

Facebook is an American for-profit corporation an an online social media an social networkin service based in Menlo Park, Californie. The Facebook wabsteid wis launched on Februar 4, 2004, bi Mark Zuckerberg, alang wi fallae Harvard College students an roommates, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, an Chris Hughes.[6][7]

The foonders haed ineetially leemitit the wabsteid's membership tae Harvard students; houiver, later thay expandit it tae heicher eddication institutions in the Boston aurie, the Ivy League schuils, an Stanford Varsity. Facebook gradually addit support for students at various ither varsities, an eventually tae heich schuil students as well. Syne 2006, onyane wha claims tae be at least 13 years auld haes been alloued tae acome a registered uiser o Facebook, tho variations exeest in the meenimum age requirement, dependin on applicable local laws.[8] The Facebook name comes frae the face beuk directories eften gien tae Unitit States varsity students.[9]

Facebook mey be accessed bi a lairge range o desktaps, laptaps, tablet computers, an smairtphones oqer the Internet an mobile networks. Efter registerin tae uise the steid, uisers can creaut a uiser profile indicatin thair name, thrift, schuils attendit an sae on. Uisers can add ither users as "friends", excheenge messages, post status updates an deegital photos, share deegital videos an airtins, uise various saftware applications ("apps"), an receive notifications whan ithers update thair profiles or mak posts. Additionally, uisers mey jyne common-interest uiser groups organised bi wirkplace, schuil, habbies or ither topics, an categorise thair friends intae leets sic as "Fowk Frae Wark" or "Close Friends". In groups, eeditors can pin posts tae tap. Addeetionally, uisers can complain aboot or block unpleisant fowk. Acause o the lairge vollum o data that uisers submit tae the service, Facebook haes come unner scrutiny for its preevacy policies. Facebook maks maist o its revenue frae advertisements THAT appear onscreen, mercatin access for its customers tae its uisers an offerin heichly selective adverteesin opportunities.[10]

Facebook, Inc. held its ineetial public offerin (IPO) in Februar 2012, an begoud sellin stock tae the public three months later, reachin an oreeginal peak mercat caipitalisation o $104 billion. On Julie 13, 2015, Facebook becam the fastest company in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index tae reach a mercat cap o $250 billion.[11] Facebook haes mair nor 2 billion monthly active uisers as o Juin 2017.[12][13] As o Apryle 2016, Facebook wis the maist popular social networkin steid in the warld, based on the nummer o active uiser accoonts.[14] Facebook clessifees uisers frae the ages o 13 tae 18 as minors an tharefore sets thair profiles tae share content wi friends anerly.[15]


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  10. Lanchester, John, You Are the Product, London Review of Books, Vol. 39 No. 16, 17 August 2017, pages 3-10
  11. Michelle F. Davis (July 13, 2015). "Facebook Close Sets Speed Record for $250 Billion Market Cap". Bloomberg.com.
  12. Welch, Chris (June 27, 2017). "Facebook crosses 2 billion monthly users". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
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