Facebook Inc. is a renowned social media and technology company based in Menlo Park, California. It was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, along with his college roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. The company initially started as a social networking platform exclusively for Harvard University students and later expanded to other universities before opening to the general public in 2006.
Facebook's primary mission is to connect people and build communities through its online platform. It allows users to create personal profiles, connect with friends and family, share photos and videos, and engage in various forms of communication. The company has also introduced features like Groups, Pages, and Events, which facilitate community building and interaction among users with shared interests.
Facebook went public in 2012 and is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol "FB." Its initial public offering (IPO) was one of the largest in history, solidifying its position as a major player in the technology industry. With the emergence, and much hype, of the Metaverse, Facebook has since changed it's ticker to “META” to signify it's commitment to this new developing technology.
In addition to the core Facebook app, the company owns several other popular social media platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp. Instagram, a photo and video-sharing platform, has gained tremendous popularity, particularly among younger demographics, while WhatsApp is a widely-used messaging app.
Over the years, Facebook has faced various controversies and scrutiny regarding issues such as privacy, data protection, and the spread of misinformation on its platform. The company has taken steps to address these concerns and improve its policies and practices to ensure a safer and more secure online environment.