Monday marks the 15th anniversary of when Mark Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook. In that short decade and a half, it’s gone from a project in his Harvard dorm room to an internet titan, used by more than 2.7 billion people.
It hasn’t been an easy ride.
Zuckerberg has become a polarizing figure, particularly in the past couple years. He and the tech industry broadly have grappled with privacy screw-ups like Cambridge Analytica, or hacks and major security concerns. Both Zuckerberg and his leadership team have been criticized for underhanded political activity. And don’t forget ongoing concerns that Facebook is being used for Russian election interference and to inspire ethnic cleansing.
“These are all critical issues, and we have a responsibility to manage these networks more proactively to prevent harm,” Zuckerberg wrote in a post Monday, reflecting on the anniversary. And he noted that Facebook is now spending more on security than the $5.1 billion in revenue the company reported during its 2012 IPO (PDF).