Facebook is an American social media conglomerate corporation that was founded in 2004 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow college students, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew Mccollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.
Advertising is also very popular on Facebook. The platform announced having over 3 million followers in March 2016, over 70% of which were from outside the United States. Most of Facebook’s $70.7 billion revenue comes from advertising.
With about 2.5 billion monthly active users, Facebook is the most popular social network in the world.
Facebook is also considered one of the Big Five technology companies alongside Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon.
Facebook Users Around the World
Facebook has grown rapidly worldwide, with almost every country having Facebook users. Because of the platform’s easy access, people worldwide can connect more easily now than ever before.
In democracies, Facebook and other social media platforms help political campaigns, deliver news, organize movements and protests, and more. However, because Facebook accepts all kinds of content with little to no moderation, it threatens government censorship in countries with totalitarian regimes. Because of this, many countries have banned or limited access to Facebook.
Countries that have censored the social media platform are:
- North Korea
- Sri Lanka
- United Kingdom
The following countries have the highest number of Facebook users:
- India (251 million)
- United States (240 million)
- Brazil (139 million)
- Indonesia (136.96 million)
- Mexico (78 million)
- Philippines (71.76 million)
- Vietnam (66.72 million)
- Thailand (46 million)
- United Kingdom (44 million)
- Turkey (44 million)
India has the highest number of Facebook users in any country in the world, with over 251 million. This is, in part, due to India’s population of 1.326 billion people being the second-highest in the world behind China. If India’s Facebook users were to form a nation, it would be the fifth-most populated country globally.
The United States has the second-highest number of users, with about 240 million. At a population of about 332 million, over 72% of the United States population are Facebook users.