Facebook is about to report its Q4 earnings

Facebook is about to report its Q4 earnings

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook will report its fourth-quarter results after the market closes on Wednesday. Here's what analysts are expecting, according to Bloomberg data:
  • Revenue: $12.55 billion
  • Earnings per share (GAAP): $1.95
  • Monthly active users: 2.13 billion
  • Daily active users: 1.41 billion
Should the company meet expectations, the results would represent more than 45% growth in sales and a 60% jump in earnings per share from the same period a year earlier.
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But the report follows growing scrutiny and criticism of the company regarding Russia's alleged use of the social network to spread propaganda to influence the 2016 presidential campaign, the spread of fake news stories through the site, and the rise of reports of social-media addiction. The company has recently announced steps to address such concerns, but warned that its efforts may cut back on use of its service.

Analysts and investors will be looking for word on how big a financial impact the company expects from such efforts.

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