>> Facebook still struggling to emerge from the intense scrutiny brought on by the data and privacy scandals uncovered earlier this year.>> We don't sell any data to anyone. We don't sell it to advertisers and we don't sell it to developers.>> Parts of the results released Tuesday showed the social network's closely watched user growth rate continues to slow.
Average monthly users, a key metric of eyeballs in the main Facebook app, coming in at 2.27 billion. That's up only 10% from last quarter, a slow down from Facebook's go-go days and weaker than analysts had expected.>> Our next focus is building community.>> But CEO Mark Zuckerberg highlighting a different data point, 2.6 billion people a month interact with at least one of Facebook's apps when you include Instagram and WhatsApp.
Sales during the third quarter also fell shy of expectations with the slowest growth rate in six years. Zuckerberg blaming a less than smooth shift to the network's stories display versus the news feed customers were used to. But Facebook still managed to easily top profit forecasts, the earnings beat coming despite a surge in expenses compared to last year.