Facebook (English literally "students yearbook") is a Web site to create and operate social networks, Facebook Inc. is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.
The platform was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, who was then studying at Harvard University as a sophomore psychology. He had previously Facemash, created an unofficial illustrated vintage directory, where students were able to evaluate the images of other peers on the Internet. At Harvard, the official online implementation of the official, printed vintage directories due to privacy concerns had been slow going. The expanded concept spread first through the Ivy League universities and then worldwide. The platform is reached in September 2011 some 800 million members worldwide.
The Facebook underlying concept as well as the associated company are regularly since the founding era because of the associated disclosure of direct individuals assigned images and data as due to poor data protection practices in discussions.Furtheremore there are numerous violations raised against the data protection laws of the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union.