Rounding out the list of new hires is Bijan Madhani. "We've fundamentally changed how we run our company to focus on the biggest social issues, and we're investing more to build new and inspiring ways for people to connect". Its $6.9 billion profit, meanwhile, marked a 61 percent YoY increase.
Across the company's family of apps - Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger - around 2.7b people used at least one of the services in December, and on average 2b people used at least one app daily.
David Wehner, Facebook's chief financial officer, did stress that first-quarter revenue will "decelerate by a mid-single digit percentage " compared to last quarter's numbers given the "attractive" prices of ads on Stories and the "headwinds" 2019 over industry-wide privacy concerns. "This is going to be a long-term project that I think will probably be to whatever extent we end up doing it in - a 2020 thing or beyond", said the Facebook CEO. Greene, however, has defended Facebook and other social media giants' Communications Decency Act legal protections which some conservatives and tech experts have argued allows for the social media giants to unfairly censor content on their platforms.
Zuckerberg also provided a few examples as to why users would want a combined service, highlighting awkward cases where someone might use the marketplace feature on Facebook, but then have to jump over to WhatsApp for messaging.
According to Zuckerberg, the idea is to let people utilise the apps to enhance the experience.
"The Irish DPC will be very closely scrutinizing Facebook's plans as they develop, particularly insofar as they involve the sharing and merging of personal data between different Facebook companies", DPC said in a statement.
Zuckerberg has consistently defended the social network's business of keeping the service free by targeting ads based on interests, adamant the social network does not sell people's data. "There's a lot more we need to figure out".