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Facebook Inc. delivered better-than-projected sales and steady user growth in its third quarter, proving that its business can endure increasing regulatory scrutiny and criticism over its immense reach and influence.

The social media giant’s monthly global user base grew by 35 million — including 3 million new users in the lucrative North American market, which had looked like it reached a plateau in recent years. Facebook added as many new users in the U.S. and Canada last quarter as it did the previous five quarters combined.

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