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How Facebook grew into trouble

Started in 2004 as a project to connect Harvard students, Facebook now has 2.74 billion active users worldwide and owns three of the 10 most popular mobile apps — Facebook, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

And, state and federal regulators allege, it has grown into a corporate threat that uses its power to scoop up rivals and strangle competition.

Here’s how the social network has evolved:

Feb. 4, 2004


June 2004


July 29, 2004


October 2005

Sept. 26, 2006

Jan. 10, 2007


May 2007

March 2008


February 2009


December 2009

February 2010

Oct. 1, 2010


Oct. 6, 2010

June 28, 2011


Aug. 9, 2011

Nov. 29, 2011


Apr. 3, 2012

April 9, 2012


May 12, 2012


Aug. 22, 2012

October 2012

Jan. 24, 2013


Zuckerberg commented on the National Security Agency’s surveillance tactics during a 2013 interview.

March 2013

Oct. 13, 2013

Fall 2013


Feb. 19, 2014

March 13, 2014

March 25, 2014


April 10, 2014

April 28, 2015

Aug. 5, 2015


Mid-2016

Facebook executives approach the group video chatting network Houseparty about an acquisition and are rebuffed.

October 2016

Oct. 3, 2016


Sheryl Sandberg said in 2016 that Facebook does not think fake news “swayed the election.”

May 18, 2017

June 27, 2017


Zuckerberg in 2017 announced a series of policy changes and efforts to cooperate with the U.S. government to curb election interference.

March 17, 2018

March 26, 2018


April 10, 2018


October 2018

October 2018

Feb. 6, 2019


Zuckerberg addressed Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy on Oct. 17, 2019. He defended Facebook’s “free expression.”

July 24, 2019

Facebook confirms the FTC is investigating the company over alleged antitrust violations.

Sept. 6, 2019


Feb. 11, 2020

May 15, 2020

July 29, 2020


Dec. 9, 2020

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