Zuckerberg wrote a program called "Facemash" in 2003 while attending Harvard University as a sophomore (second year student).According to The Harvard Crimson, the site was comparable to Hot or Not and used "photos compiled from the online facebooks of nine Houses, placing two next to each other at a time and asking users to choose the "hotter" person".
Facebook may be accessed by a large range of devices with Internet connectivity, such as desktop, laptop and tablet computers, and smartphones.
After registering to use the site, users can create a customized profile indicating their name, occupation, schools attended and so on.
The founders had initially limited the website's membership to Harvard students; however, later they expanded it to higher education institutions in the Boston area, the Ivy League schools, and Stanford University.
Facebook gradually added support for students at various other universities, and eventually to high school students as well.
The company’s new advertising policy now more clearly prohibits discrimination by spelling out that advertisers cannot discriminate against people based on “personal attributes such as race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, family status, disability, medical or genetic condition,” the company explains today in a blog post about the new policies and features.
Additionally, Facebook is now linking to a new educational section from its Ad Policies page which offers more information along with other educational resources from places like government agencies and civil rights groups specializing in combating discrimination.The Facemash site was quickly forwarded to several campus group list-servers, but was shut down a few days later by the Harvard administration.Zuckerberg faced expulsion and was charged by the administration with breach of security, violating copyrights, and violating individual privacy. Zuckerberg expanded on this initial project that semester by creating a social study tool ahead of an art history final exam.The social network responded by saying it would disable ethnic affinity ad targeting for the ads that involved housing, employments or credit.Facebook says it met with policymakers and civil rights leaders to gather feedback about what needed to be done, and has since made several changes.Facebook announced in November that it would stop advertisers from targeting users by race for ads that focused on housing, employment, and credit opportunities, in response to a report that found that Facebook’s tools could be used to place discriminatory advertisements.