Facebook’s profit jumped in the recently-ended quarter as the leading social network benefited from a rebounding online ad market despite a boycott, the company reported Thursday.
Facebook profit jumped 29 per cent to $7.8 billion in the quarter on revenue that climbed to $21.2 billion as people continued to rely on the internet and social media to stay connected while staying safe from the pandemic, the company said.
Organizers of a Facebook ad boycott vowed to continue their campaign, saying the company’s top executives failed to offer meaningful action on curbing hateful content.
Meanwhile, conservatives have accused Facebook and others of political bias as the platforms step up their oversight of content to clamp down on false or violent material.
US President Donald Trump has threatened new regulatory measures which could impact the business models of platforms.
Analyst have noted, however, that as advertisers rely on the internet to connect with customers during the pandemic the brands tend to prefer spending their money on proven platforms such as Facebook and Google.
“Facebook has rebounded nicely from both the early-pandemic advertiser pullout, when marketers pulled ads across all media to redo messaging or conserve funds, and from the July ad boycott,” said eMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson.
“Despite its challenges with election turmoil and content moderation, it remains a go-to for advertisers seeking to engage a broad base of consumers,” she said.
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said people and businesses continued to rely on the company’s services to stay connected, and do business, during tough economic times.
However, user growth in North America could decline as lives return to more normal patterns. Facebook shares rose slightly less than a percent in after-hours trading.