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Here’s a look at the social media network Meta, formerly known as Facebook.

Facts

Meta had 3.05 billion monthly active users around the world, as of September 30, 2023.

There were 66,185 full-time employees at Meta, as of September 30, 2023.

Facebook introduced words such as “friending” to the lexicon.

Timeline

February 4, 2004 - Facebook is launched by Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

March 1, 2004 - Students at Stanford, Columbia and Yale universities are allowed to join.

June 1, 2004 - The company moves to Palo Alto, California.

December 1, 2004 - One million users are active on the site.

September 1, 2005 - High school students are allowed to join Facebook.

December 1, 2005 - Six million users are active on the site.

April 1, 2006 - Facebook for Mobile launches.

September 5, 2006 - The News Feed is introduced.

September 26, 2006 - Facebook expands to allow anyone to register.

March 28, 2007 - Former Harvard classmates Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss sue Zuckerberg in federal court, alleging that he stole the idea for Facebook from them. The two sides later agree to a $65 million settlement.

October 24, 2007 - Microsoft buys a 1.6% stake in Facebook for $240 million.

March 2008 - Facebook hires Sheryl Sandberg to be the company’s chief operating officer.

February 9, 2009 - Facebook introduces the “Like” button.

June 2009 - Facebook becomes the No. 1 social network in the United States, surpassing MySpace, according to PC World magazine.

October 1, 2010 - The movie “The Social Network,” a fictionalized account of the start of Facebook, is released.

September 22, 2011 - Facebook introduces the Timeline feature.

November 2011 - Facebook settles charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission that it engaged in deceptive practices concerning users’ privacy.

April 9, 2012 - Facebook announces that it has purchased photo-sharing site Instagram for $1 billion.

May 18, 2012 - The initial public offering of Facebook stock takes place.

October 4, 2012 - Facebook reaches one billion active monthly users.

June 2013 -