SALT LAKE CITY — The New York Times did not come to play on Facebook’s anniversary Monday.
- They addressed the video to Mark Zuckerberg and wrote on Twitter. “Happy Birthday, Facebook! 15 years today — and what a roller coaster it has been.”
- Instead of spotlighting fun and endearing Facebook moments in the video, The New York Times team highlighted scandals and controversies that the social network faced over the past few years, and the result was a savage troll.
Since being posted Monday, the video has been viewed nearly 900,000 times.
Scandals: Facebook has come under fire over the past few years for massive privacy breaches and the way it handles user information, according to multiple reports.
- The company has been accused of election tampering after it was discovered that Facebook sold user information to third-party companies using the data to influence the 2016 election, according to The Associated Press.
- Just recently, the social networking app was criticized for paying minors to access their phone data, the Deseret News reported.
- The social and mental impacts of the social networking site have also been under scrutiny.
Zuckerberg countered some critiques of the site on his Facebook page Monday.Comment on this story
- “There is a tendency of some people … to overly emphasize the negative, and in some cases to go so far as saying the shift to empowering people in the ways the internet and these networks do is mostly harmful to society and democracy.
- “To the contrary, while any rapid social change creates uncertainty, I believe what we're seeing is people having more power, and a long-term trend reshaping society to be more open and accountable over time,” he said.
History: Originally called “TheFacebook,” the social networking giant was created in 2004 by 19-year-old Zuckerberg and his college friends.
- According to The Independent, almost a third of the world’s population uses the site and it continues to grow, despite controversy driving many from the site.
- Facebook made $55 billion in 2018, according to The Independent.