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$315 Billion in Market Value Erased After Apple IDFA Privacy Changes

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  • Meta Platforms is expected to see a loss of $10 billion in ad revenue stemming from Apple’s privacy updates.
  • In 2021, Apple updated its iOS so that users have to opt-in to ad-tracking rather than opt-out.
  • Since the changes went into effect, $315 billion in market value has been erased across these 4 companies.

A slew of earnings reports from social media companies on Wednesday revealed the extent of damage related to Apple’s iOS privacy changes made last year.

In April 2021, Apple updated its iOS so that users have to opt-in to allowing ad-tracking by social media apps like Facebook and Twitter, rather than the prior practice of having to opt-out. Apple essentially unburied the opt-out feature from deep in its setting menu and instead made it pop up to the front of the screen whenever a user first opens an app that relies on advertising.

This change is estimated to cost Meta Platforms an estimated $10 billion in revenue this year, CFO David Wehner said in its earnings call, as it makes it harder for the company to deliver targeted advertisements to its users.

“Like others in our industry, we faced headwinds as a result of Apple iOS changes. Apple created 2 challenges for advertisers: one is that the accuracy of our ads targeting decreased, which increased the cost of driving outcomes; the other is that measuring those outcomes became more difficult,” Meta Platform chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said in its earnings call.

And Meta Platforms expects the headwind stemming from Apple’s IDFA privacy change to “moderately increase” throughout 2022, Sandberg said.

“We believe management’s tone around iOS impact has deteriorated, and what was once described as ‘manageable’ now appears to be a $10B revenue headwind in 2022,” JPMorgan said in a Thursday note.

The earnings results from social media companies on Wednesday highlighted the weakness to investors,resulting in a steep sell-off in their stocks. In Thursday trades, Meta Platforms fell 22%, Snap fell 18%, Twitter fell 8%, and pinterest fell 11%.

Since Apple’s privacy update went into effect in late April 2021, these four social media companies have erased a combined $315 billion in market value at their Thursday intraday lows.

1. Meta Platforms

Meta HQ

Facebook rebranded as Meta Platforms in October 2021 to reflect a shift in focus towards building its own metaverse.

Noah Berger/AFP via Getty Images


Ticker: FB
Market value April 26, 2021: $861 billion
Market value today: $656 billion
Market value lost: $205 billion

2.Snap

Snapchat is changing its methods to track down drug dealers on its app.

Snapchat says they “have absolutely zero tolerance for drug dealing on Snapchat.”

Richard Drew/Associated Press


Ticker: SNAP
Market value April 26, 2021: $92 billion
Market value today: $41 billion
Market value lost: $51 billion

3.Twitter

A smartphone with the Twitter logo being held in front of the Twitter bird icon.


Chesnot/Getty Images


Ticker: TWTR
Market value April 26, 2021: $53 billion
Market value today: $27 billion
Market value lost: $26 billion

4. Pinterest

pinterest


Getty Images


Ticker: PINS
Market value April 26, 2021: $49 billion
Market value today: $16 billion
Market value lost: $33 billion

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