Social media large Fb has seen its every day lively customers (DAUs) drop for the primary time in its 18-year historical past.
Fb’s father or mother firm Meta Networks says DAUs fell to 1.929bn within the three months to the tip of December, in comparison with 1.930bn within the earlier quarter.
The agency additionally warned of slowing income progress within the face of competitors from rivals like TikTok and YouTube, whereas advertisers are additionally chopping spending.
Meta’s shares slumped by greater than 20% in after-hours buying and selling in New York.
The slide in Meta’s share worth wiped round $200bn (£147.5bn) off the corporate’s inventory market worth.
Shares in different social media platforms, together with Twitter, Snap and Pinterest, additionally fell sharply in prolonged buying and selling.
Chief govt Mark Zuckerberg mentioned the agency’s gross sales progress had been damage as audiences, particularly youthful customers, had left for rivals.
Meta, which owns the world’s second largest digital promoting platform after Google, additionally mentioned it had been hit by privateness adjustments on Apple’s working system.
The adjustments have made it tougher for manufacturers to focus on and measure their promoting on Fb and Instagram and will have an effect “within the order of $10 billion” for this 12 months, in accordance with Meta’s chief monetary officer Dave Wehner.
Meta’s whole income, the majority of which comes from promoting gross sales, rose to $33.67bn within the interval, narrowly beating market predictions.
It additionally forecast revenues of between $27bn to $29bn for the following quarter, which is decrease than analysts had anticipated.
Whereas the corporate has been making its personal investments in video to compete with TikTok -owned by Chinese language tech large ByteDance – it makes much less cash from these choices than its conventional Fb and Instagram feeds.
Mr Zuckerberg mentioned he was assured the investments in video and digital actuality would repay, as earlier bets on cellular promoting and Instagram tales have.
However, he famous, the agency did not need to deal with a significant rival throughout earlier shifts in technique.
“The groups are executing fairly properly and the product is rising in a short time,” he mentioned. “The factor that’s considerably distinctive right here is that TikTok is so large a competitor already and likewise continues to develop at fairly a quick charge.”