A convenient peek under Facebook's financial kimono shows revenues doubling year on year, but is this just a tactic to obscure worrying user figures?

As a private company, but one with arguably an unprecedented influence and commercial impact, Facebook's revenues have always been closely followed. On its scale, it epitomises the challenge of next generation social sites who now need to prove that there is real money behind the social media phenomenon. The latest reported figures look extremely good.

Ahead of an expected IPO early next year, it's more than a little convenient that some very healthy revenue numbers have “leaked” to Reuters. Scepticism aside, how do they look?

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