The morale of employees at Facebook has hit an all-time low as the social network giant grapples with data breaches amid top-notch executives leaving the company, the media reported.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday citing an internal survey at Facebook, just over half of Facebook employees (52 percent) have said they were optimistic for the future of the social networking platform - down by 32 percent last year.
Only 53 per cent of Facebook employees said the company was making the world better which is 19 percent lower than last year.
According to the report, Facebook's "difficult year is taking a toll on employee morale, with several key measures of internal sentiment taking a sharp turn for the worse over the past year".
"It has been a difficult period, but every day we see people pulling together to learn the lessons of the past year and build a stronger company," a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.
Facebook shares have tumbled substantially this year after the social media network's revenue and user growth fell short of investor expectations.
The firm is facing backlash for its handling of fake news and privacy and election interference from Russia-based groups in the 2016 US presidential elections.
There have been several high-level resignations at Facebook.
Instagram founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom have resigned from the Facebook-owned photo sharing app that has over one billion users.
Founded in 2010, Instagram was bought by Facebook for $1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,200 crores) in 2012.
Acton started WhatsApp with Koum. Facebook acquired the messaging service about four years ago for $22 billion (around Rs. 1.58 lakh crores). Acton quit Facebook a year ago, and Koum left the company in April this year.
Facebook reported $13.5 billion (about Rs. 97,400 crores) in revenue with a net income of $5.1 billion or around Rs. 36,800 crores ($1.76 per share or roughly Rs. 130) in the third quarter that ended September 30.
It currently has 2.27 billion monthly active users and 1.49 billion daily active users.