To utterly mangle the tritest of Dickensian quotations, the past week was the best of times and the worst of times for Meta and its original social app, which has come to define the “age of foolishness” but sadly not the “epoch of incredulity”.

Facebook marked 20 years at the weekend since cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg went live with what was then an app for connecting university (or college, since we’re stateside in this flashback) students...

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