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Facebook beats on earnings but says less time being spent on platform

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The company posted $12.97 billion in revenue and $2.21 earnings per share (before factoring a deduction from the tax bill), compared to $12.55 billion in revenue and $1.95 earnings per share expected, per Yahoo Finance. User growth slowed, but was still up 14% year-over-year.

Why it matters: The tech giant grew its revenue to nearly $13 billion — an all-time-high — despite slowed ad load due News Feed saturation and election meddling drama last quarter. Facebook's profit was affected by tax changes, which likely caused initial unrest on Wall Street. Facebook stock was down briefly before the company's earnings call.