Facebook recently reported record profits for the first quarter of 2019 despite ongoing user privacy concerns. The social media giant reported a 54% increase in revenue to $15.08 billion and a net income of $2.43 billion, up from $1.69 billion in the same quarter last year.
Despite the impressive financial performance, Facebook remains under fire for its handling of user privacy. In March, the company agreed to pay a $5 billion fine to the Federal Trade Commission for violating user privacy and not adequately informing users about how their data was being used.
The company has also faced criticism for its failure to proactively combat fake news, hate speech and other forms of online harassment. The company’s stock has taken a hit as a result of these issues, with shares dropping nearly 20% since the start of the year.
Despite these issues, Facebook continues to perform well financially. The company’s user base is growing, with its daily active users increasing 8% year-over-year to 1.56 billion. Its monthly active users also saw an 8% increase to 2.38 billion.
Revenue from advertising accounted for $14.9 billion of the total revenue in the first quarter, up 26% from the same period last year. This growth was driven by an increase in the number of people using the platform, as well as the introduction of new advertising products.
While Facebook’s financial performance has been impressive, it remains to be seen if the company can continue to grow in the face of increased scrutiny over its handling of user privacy. The company is taking steps to increase transparency and give users more control over their data, but it remains to be seen if these efforts will be enough to satisfy regulators and users.