You Tube's gaming content is by far its most popular, though that popularity doesn't extend to livestreaming.Amazon's Twitch continues to dominate in that space, and Facebook Live is making moves in the same direction. Even a slight success for Facebook in livestreaming — like, say, a partnership with a major game publisher — means trouble from Amazon and You Tube.The Facebook name comes from the face book directories often given to United States university students.The company held its initial public offering (IPO) in February 2012, and began selling stock to the public three months later, reaching an original peak market capitalization of 4 billion, a new record.In recent years, the company has faced intense pressure over the amount of fake news, hate speech and violence prevalent on its services, all of which it is attempting to counteract.Zuckerberg wrote a program called "Facemash" in 2003 while attending Harvard University as a sophomore (second year student).
Facebook may be accessed by a large range of devices with Internet connectivity, such as desktop, laptop and tablet computers, and smartphones.
Facebook has more than 2 billion monthly active users as of June 2017.
Its popularity has led to prominent media coverage for the company, including significant scrutiny over privacy and the psychological effects it has on users.
The Facebook website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew Mc Collum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.
The founders had initially limited the website's membership to Harvard students; however, later they expanded it to higher education institutions in the Boston area, the Ivy League schools, and Stanford University.