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In all fairness with enough hardware you could serve ~1 billion users using virtually any language which supports development of web applications. Just because you can develop a hugely successful system using a language doesn't prove (or disprove) that said language is necessarily the best tool for the job. It just happens to be what FB picked.

Right, you could use BASIC or any Turing-complete language.

Actually, BASIC has been written so many times that you would probably get a pretty sane and systematic experience out of a web BASIC. Relatively speaking.

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