Facebook To Hit 500 Million Users

Monday Jul 19th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

Rapid growth has lead to growing pains for the six-year-old social networking giant.

Washington Post: Sometime this week, Facebook will reach a half a billion users. To put that in perspective, the Washington Post notes, "The population inhabiting Facebook now equals that of the United States, Japan and Germany combined. Or, two Mexicos and a Brazil."

That growth has also caused some "growing pains," particularly around Facebook's privacy policies. The six-year-old company has also been attracting increasing attention from legislators and regulators.

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