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Soaring mobile ad sales boost Facebook Q4 revenue to $12.97 billion

Daily active users (DAUs) were 1.40 billion on average for December 2017 -- an increase of 14 per cent year-over-year

IANS  |  San Francisco 

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, fb

Buoyed by mobile ads sales, reported $12.97 billion in revenue for the fourth quarter that ended December 31 -- up 47 per cent from $8.81 billion in the same period last year.

represented approximately 89 per cent of revenue for the fourth quarter -- up from nearly 84 per cent of advertising revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016.

(DAUs) were 1.40 billion on average for December 2017 -- an increase of 14 per cent year-over-year.

Monthly active users (MAUs) were 2.13 billion as of December 31 -- an increase of 14 per cent year-over-year, the company said in a statement late on Wednesday.

"Last quarter, we made changes to show fewer viral videos to make sure people's time is well spent," said Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO.

"In total, we made changes that reduced time spent on by roughly 50 million hours every day. By focusing on meaningful connections, our community and business will be stronger over the long term," he added.

This is the first time Facebook reported a user count decline in the US and Canada region -- from 185 million to 184 million .

Facebook currently employs 25,105 people -- an increase of 47 per cent year-over-year.

"2017 was a strong year for Facebook, but it was also a hard one," Zuckerberg said.

"In 2018, we're focused on making sure Facebook isn't just fun to use, but also good for people's well-being and for society.

"We're doing this by encouraging meaningful connections between people rather than passive consumption of content," the Facebook CEO added.


First Published: Thu, February 01 2018. 12:31 IST