Facebook reported net income of $10.2 billion in 2016, up 177 percent from the previous year’s total of $3.7 billion. The online social media giant headed by Mark Zuckerberg, whose businesses include its signature social networking service and apps such as Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, said its revenues rose by 54.2 percent to $27.6 billion, compared with $17.9 billion in 2015, Efe news reported.
In the fourth quarter of 2016, Facebook’s net income rose 128 percent to $3.6 billion and revenue climbed 51 percent to $8.8 billion. Advertising sales, Facebook’s main revenue generator, accounted for $26.9 billion of the Menlo Park, California-based company’s total revenue in 2016.
Facebook also said it earned $12.4 billion in income from operations last year, nearly double the total from 2015 ($6.2 billion), and that its number of daily active users rose to an average of 1.23 billion, up 18 percent from the previous year. The company said its diluted earnings per share totaled $3.49, compared with $1.29 in 2015.
“Our mission to connect the world is more important now than ever,” Zuckerberg, the company’s founder and CEO, said. “Our business did well in 2016, but we have a lot of work ahead to help bring people together.”