I agree with you on that Michael and that’s something I didn’t really bring up in this piece. I could actually expand on this idea in a few ways. Considering the fact we knew very little about Facebook's goals we could only presume they wanted to grow.
But growth is subjective as we can tell from how Facebook has acted.
Their version of growth was growing the platform followed by profits where they sell information to users like you said.
But for someone from outside and looking in or even employees, growth for them could’ve been making better processes, more functionality, and delivering a better quality product to users and bringing more users in.
I agree that Facebook achieved their goal and didn’t lose focus on their real goal here. However, to the eyes of the public where we expect social media and tech companies to prioritize our security and privacy, they have lost focus.