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In 2005, Facebook hired graffiti artist David Choe to paint murals in their new office space; Choe accepted Facebook shares instead of a small cash payment of several thousand dollars, and when Facebook went public in 2012, his payment for the murals ballooned into a 200 million dollar payoff.

Facebook is predominantly blue in color because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green color blind and blue is the "richest color" that he can see.

The facial recognition algorithms in use by Facebook outperforms those in use by the FBI.

A Minnesota burglar named Nicholas Wig was caught after he logged into his own Facebook account on a computer in the house he was robbing. The homeowner returned to find the perp's account still logged in.

Facebook's first annual Hacker Cup coding challenge was won by a programmer named Petr Mitrichev at Google. He showed up at Facebook headquarters to collect his prize while wearing his Google employee badge.

A woman created a fake Facebook profile of a teenage girl and sent a friend request to her husband, then used transcripts of their conversations to get him arrested. He was freed and all charges were dropped when he produced a notarized affidavit, proving he knew it was her all along.

Shortly after a woman made up a fake Facebook profile to speak with her troubled 19-year-old niece named Marissa Williams, the niece asked the fictional boy to murder her Aunt, her Aunt's fiance, her cousin, and the family dog.

Apple and Facebook have said they will cover the cost of freezing the eggs of female employees who want to delay having a baby while they pursue their careers.

SunChips' first attempt at a biodegradable bag crinkled at up to 95 decibels. A Facebook group titled "SORRY BUT I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THIS SUN CHIPS BAG" reached over 30,000 members as a result.

NPR posted a link "Why doesn't America read anymore?" to their facebook page; the link led to an April Fool's message saying that many people comment on a story without ever reading the article & asking not to comment if you read the link; people commented immediately on how they do read.

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin renounced his U.S. citizenship to avoid paying $700 million in taxes.

Back in 2011, Julian Assange called Facebook the "most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented."

In 2005, Mark Zuckerberg offered to sell Facebook to Myspace. Myspace CEO Chris DeWolfe rejected Zuckerberg's asking price of 75 million dollars.


In 2009, a couple named Jon and Tracy Morter from the UK started a Facebook campaign to make Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" the #1 Christmas single. The song sold 500,000 copies beating the 4 year run of X-factor winners. All proceeds went to homeless charities.

Take This Lollipop is an interactive film which accesses viewer's Facebook profile and locates the viewer's home from data in the profile. It depicts the dangers in posting too much personal info on the Internet. Information gathered is then deleted which makes the film different for each viewer.

Facebook has 56 custom gender options, bringing the total number of options to 58 including male and female.

A federal court in California ruled in 2016 that a lawsuit against Facebook can proceed. The suit claims Facebook is illegally collecting biometric data from people "tagged" in photos posted by other users.

When Facebook users voted for Taylor Swift to perform at a school for deaf students as a prank, the school was removed from the contest, but Swift donated $10,000 to the school, 4 companies matched her donation, VH1 gave $10,000 in instruments, and Swift gave the students tickets to her Boston concert.

When Stephen Colbert ran for president in 2008, the Facebook group supporting the campaign became the fastest growing group in the site's history, surpassing a million members in 9 days.

The studies have shown that an increase in Facebook usage is heavily linked to decrease in satisfaction with your own life and a higher likelihood of depression.

As of 2014, over 30 million Facebook accounts belong to dead people.

The Pakistani Deputy Attorney general Muhammad Azhar Sidiqque tried to have Mark Zuckerberg arrested for blasphemy when a Facebook page held a Muhammad drawing contest.

A man named Thanakorn Siripaiboon in Thailand got 30 years in prison for 'liking' a photoshopped picture of the King of Thailand (Bhumibol Adulyadej) on Facebook.

Facebook engineers originally wanted to call the "Like" button the "Awesome" button.

Yahoo was nearly able to acquire Facebook in 2006 for $1bn, but due to a faltering stock price, Yahoo lowered its offer to $850m, allowing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to walk away from the deal.

Facebook owns hundreds of Domain names, including faceboo.com, fb.com, and IHateTheFacebookLikeButton.com


Facebook ads are not generated based on your specific liked pages. But instead, they gather information from what you browse on the web.

France has banned mentions of Twitter and Facebook on TV and radio, as in "Follow us on Twitter" or "Like us on Facebook" because they were deemed as promotion and unfair to other sites.

In 2006, CNN included Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on their "10 People Who Don't Matter" list.

An American supercentenarian named Ella Schuler was so old she couldn't put her real date of birth on Facebook.

It costs $100 to send Mark Zuckerberg a Facebook message.

A New Zealand citizen named Philip Blackwood was imprisoned inside one of the world's harshest prisons in Myanmar for over a year because he posted an image of Buddha with headphones on his Facebook page.

When Facebook acquired Instagram for about $1 billion, the company had just 13 employees.

People who post Facebook status updates about their romantic partner are more likely to have low self-esteem, while those who brag about diets, exercise, and accomplishments are typically narcissists.

In 2011, an Internet troll was jailed after mocking deaths of teenagers named Natasha MacBryde and Jordan Cooper. Sean Duffy targeted Facebook tribute pages and posted videos on YouTube taunting the dead victims and their families. The court heard that Duffy has Asperger's syndrome and lived a "miserable existence" drinking alcohol alone.

A third of all divorce filings of 2011 in the U.S. contained the word "Facebook".

Facebook has trademarked the words "face", "book", "wall", "like", "poke", and others.

In 2014, researchers said Facebook will lose 80% of their users by 2017.

Facebook's alert sound (Ding) is a chord of notes F, A, C, E.

Facebook turned down WhatsApp founder Brian Acton for a job before they bought his app for $19 Billion.

In 2009, Burger King launched a campaign that if you unfriended 10 friends on Facebook you were entitled to a free whopper. The ex-friend would receive a message explaining that their friendship was less valuable than a whopper.


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