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Facebook stock jumps after Q1 earnings beat

Daniel Howley
Technology Editor

Facebook (FB) on Wednesday reported its Q1 2019 earnings with the company beating Wall Street's expectations.

During the quarter, the company had revenue of $15.08 billion. Analysts had projected $14.9 billion in revenue.

Earnings per share topped out at $1.89, which was higher than analysts' expectations of $1.62 per share.

The company’s stock is up 4% in after hours trading.

Facebook also announced that it recorded a charge of $3 billion due to an FTC inquiry into the company’s user data practices, which ate into the company’s bottom line. It says the final charges could range anywhere from $3 billion to $5 billion.

Facebook's most important metrics are its monthly active users and daily active users — respectively, the number of users using the platform at least once a month and once a day. The greater the number of monthly and daily active users, the more Facebook can charge for ads.

Facebook matched analyst’s expectations for monthly active users with 2.37 billion and billion daily active users at 1.56 billion

That's above last quarter's 2.32 billion monthly active users and 1.52 billion daily active users.

Security and safety are still problems

Facebook's earnings follow an admission by the company earlier this month that it drastically understated the number of users whose passwords were stored in plain text on internal Facebook servers, a move that flies in the face of security best practices.

The social network originally said that tens of thousands of Instagram users and hundreds of millions of Facebook Light users were impacted by the lapse in security, but revised that number to tens of millions of Instagram accounts.

Prior to that, the company came under fire for its response to one of the shooters in a Christchurch, New Zealand mosque massacre live streaming the attack in March. Critics contend that Facebook didn't take the video down fast enough, and that the social network was only aware the video existed when the company was told about it by police.

The video was subsequently re-uploaded by other users, and will likely continue to be re-uploaded over time.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to remake Facebook with security and privacy serving as the two cornerstones of the company. In a March post published on Zuckerberg's own Facebook page, the CEO said he wanted to make Facebook a more personal experience and focus in on smaller conversations between tighter groups of users, rather than the town square-style ecosystem Facebook has become.

The social network is also still grappling with issues relating to fake news, and the spread of disinformation on the platform. Zuckerberg has said he will spend more than $3.8 billion to improve the safety and security of the site and combat issues like hate speech and disinformation.

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