Meanwhile, nudged on by the media, a "Boycott Facebook" group takes to the streets around the world — led by Generation Z, which long ago abandoned the old-school social network for Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat and the newly independent Instagram.
The GOP gains the House in the 2022 midterm elections, in part by stoking fears that "Biden’s PC police" is now going to tell you what you can and can’t write on Facebook — a message subtly amplified by Zuckerberg’s algorithm.
In a move watched closely around the world, Australia follows through on its July 2020 threat to make Facebook and Google pay media organizations for any journalism they host on their platforms.
Millions of people who feared Facebook’s power are now convinced that Zuckerberg has now learned his lesson.
In Sandberg’s absence, Zuckerberg gets more of his advice from conservative and vindictive Facebook board member Peter Thiel.
A wave of Biden-style post-populist governments around the world realize that a strong media is the best defense against both Facebook’s predatory practices and the lies that spread on its platforms.
Whether or not Zuckerberg runs, Facebook has at least learned to stay sweet with both sides in Congress.
If Facebook is an empire, Mark Zuckerberg is Dictator for Life.
Future historians debate whether this was Zuckerberg’s plan for Facebook all along.
Meanwhile, Facebook keeps the media sweet by unilaterally offering small payments for each time a user clicks on a story.
The FTC and DOJ investigations into Facebook’s monopoly power, begun under Donald Trump, gather steam under new President Joe Biden.
We recognize Facebook is unassailable. We just stop minding. is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company.
Eventually Facebook finds its niche in the developing world, just as Friendster did after it was knocked off its perch as the most popular U. S. social network.
Elizabeth Warren’s plan to break up big tech becomes a legislative priority for the new majority, with Facebook’s acquisitions seen as the lowest hanging fruit.
The EU follows suit, extracting the maximum penalty from Facebook in its pending GDPR fine; some of the multibillion-Euro proceeds are donated to media entities hit hard by the coronavirus.
As of June 30, a record 2. 7 billion people — exactly a third of the population of Earth — enter the social network at least once a month. Some 1. 8 billion of us, another record, use Facebook at least once a day.
Even in business-friendly America, recent polls show a clear bipartisan majority of voters favor breaking up tech giants like Facebook by undoing their acquisitions.
Here’s how it works: You draw two intersecting lines representing things that matter to a company (in Facebook’s case, let’s go with "popularity" and "government regulation").
Using the results of the 2020 election to prove it can coexist with a democratic society after all, Facebook embarks on a major charm offensive.
Eventually, just in time for the presidential election of 2024, a new Facebook manipulation scandal is uncovered — one that makes Cambridge Analytica look like a storm in a teacup.
The indignity could be worth it to Facebook in the long run if its association with Trump make its bitcoin alternative Libra look like a government-sanctioned cryptocurrency.
It has integrated itself into every aspect of our daily lives, from its popular bitcoin alternative Libra to Oculus’ AR glasses to Facebook’s vast entertainment division.
As in 2016, a Democratic candidate wins the popular vote in 2020 — but after a close and chaotic election with many foreign interference campaigns on social media, the electoral college is deadlocked, and the House’s majority of GOP delegations gives the edge to Trump.
There’s also the hope that Trump abandons the "very unfair" Twitter, vowing to make all his pronouncements from Facebook from now on.
Many demons are unleashed in a second Trump term, not least of them the darker side of Facebook.
Authoritarianism is ascendant around the world, and the evidence points to Facebook manipulation as a major factor.
By 2025, is there anything that can prevent Facebook gobbling up ever larger shares of the planet’s attention and the internet’s advertising dollars?
Add the roughly 600 million who don’t frequent Facebook but do visit one of its conquests (Instagram and WhatsApp) daily, and we’re talking an empire the size of the U. S. , China, Russia, and all of Europe.
It’s a financial windfall for Facebook, which reaps multiples on the $20 billion it paid for the two companies a decade earlier.
Even a major advertiser boycott sparked by Facebook’s inability to clamp down on hate speech did not make a dent.
By 2025, Facebook celebrates its six billionth monthly active user.
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