One billion people used Facebook in a single day.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted this in a post on his Facebook page today, telling his followers that the service hit the number on Monday. "On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family," he said. "This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it's just the beginning of connecting the whole world."
Okay, we get it.
While this moment will certainly turn into a victory lap for the company -- and the feat is indeed massive and impressive -- it's also a good reminder for the rest of us of Facebook's immense power.
The company's algorithms now shape what one billion people see every day, as noted by University of North Carolina assistant Professor Zeynep Tufekci in a post on Twitter. That's a lot of power to determine what information gets shown to significant portion of the world's population. Something worth keeping in mind.
Check out the full Zuckerberg post, and a video he posted shortly afterward, below:
Alex Kantrowitz is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco. He reports on social and communications.
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