Mark Zuckerberg loses $16 billion in record Facebook fall

“Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune took an almost $16 billion hit on Thursday, as the social media giant headed for the biggest one-day wipeout in U.S. stock market history, a day after executives forecast years of lower profit margins,” Reuters reports.

“At least 16 brokerages cut their price targets on Facebook after Chief Financial Officer David Wehner startled an otherwise routine call with analysts by saying the company faced a multi-year squeeze on its business margins,” Reuters reports. “That ‘bombshell,’ as one analyst termed it, played into concerns on Wall Street that Facebook’s model could be under threat after a year that has been dominated by efforts to head off concerns over privacy and its role in global news flow.”

“Shares fell as much as 19.6 percent to $174.78, a decline that if sustained would wipe about $124 billion off the company’s value,” Reuters reports. “Dismal revenue, which initially pulled the stock down nearly 9 percent on Thursday, clearly was not the end for wounded investors. ‘Over the next several years, we would anticipate that our operating margins will trend towards the mid-30s on a percentage basis,’ Wehner told the results conference call with analysts.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Unfotunately, Facebook is like the cockroach. It’ll never die out. The best we can reasonably hope for is that it’ll become the next MySpace. It deserves far worse.

As we’ve written previously, “If you trust Mark Zuckerberg to be the keeper of your photos, contacts, political views, religious beliefs, etc., you’re batshit insane.”

Instant messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg during Facebook’s early days, reported by Business Insider, May 13, 2010:

Zuckerberg: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuckerberg: Just ask
Zuckerberg: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
Zuckerberg: People just submitted it.
Zuckerberg: I don’t know why.
Zuckerberg: They “trust me”
Zuckerberg: Dumb fucks

We use FaceBook as an RSS feed. Our CMS automatically reposts our article headlines and links them back to our website. That is our only interaction with Facebook and has been our only interaction with Facebook for years. We deleted our personal accounts [which we opened only so we could understand the Facebook phenomenon] many years ago.

If you want to share photos and videos with friends, text them using Apple’s end-to-end encrypted iMessage service. You need to control your social networking, not cede it to a gatekeeper like Facebook. – MacDailyNews, March 19, 2018

Facebook stock plunges as users vanish – July 25, 2018
Apple highlights user privacy as Facebook exec steps down – June 14, 2018
The 18 things you may not realize Facebook knows about you: Firm reveals the extent of its spying in a 454-page document to U.S. Congress – June 12, 2018
Facebook confirms sharing users’ personal data with Chinese companies – June 6, 2018
Apple’s macOS Mojave removes integration with third-party internet accounts like Facebook – June 6, 2018
Apple borks Facebook’s pervasive personal data-harvesting operation – June 5, 2018
Apple requested ‘zero’ personal data in deals with Facebook – CEO Tim Cook – June 5, 2018
Facebook CEO blasts Apple’s latest privacy protections as ‘cute virtue signaling’ – June 5, 2018


  1. Mac and iPhone users are the most desired by advertisers because they collectively have much better demographics that result in much higher online spends per user.

    Think an Apple-branded social media product exclusively for iPhone/Mac users. iPhone’s 15% unit market share represents 40% of ad revenue at Facebook and Google both. That would be the silver stake to FaceBook’s heart.

    1. Please, yes, exclusively for iPhone and Mac users with an even more exclusive investor tier…

      We know you guys want to think you’re the only ones around who need be heard. You know, the narrative….

      1. Sorry to burst your bubble but ‘cynic’ is one of the most common viewpoints when it comes to Apple. It’s so common it’s basically a meme at this point. You are just one of many.

          1. “No I meant prefix moron!”

            That’s even more lame. Being an Apple hater is so common and boring and you just admitted that’s all you are. Not a cynic in general which would be the suffix. You just owned the prefix “apple” which means you just admitted you are a troll. Wow. Just wow.

            1. I’m known as applecynic, the pseudonym has a position, history and reputation. Good or bad. Not the point.

              You’re just …. “lame”….Tomorrow you could be “stupid”, or “whatever”….

      1. Uhm, yeah, sure, while you don’t lock in a capital loss or gain until you actually sell, you do have “squat”. You can go to an investment bank and borrow up to half of your equity’s value, using your equity as collateral. So, in an instant, you can turn that “squat” into actual cash. Maybe it’s not so “squat”.

  2. The problem with modern Silicon Valley is that it’s populated by apprentices and journeymen that think they are masters. Zuckerberg comparing himself to Steve Jobs at one time was a joke – he has practically begged for this to happen to him and his company, sooner or later.

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