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Facebook loses users for the first time in its history

By Elizabeth Dwoskin, Will Oremus, Rachel Lerman

02 Feb 2022 · 3 min read

Facebook parent Meta's quarterly earnings report on Wednesday revealed a startling statistic: For the first time ever, the company's growth is stagnating around the world.

Facebook lost daily users for the first time in its 18-year history - falling by about half a million users in the last three months of 2021, to 1.93 billion logging in each day. The loss was greatest in Africa and Latin America, suggesting that the company's product is saturated globally - and that its long quest to add as many users as possible has peaked.

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