Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement as company ventures into the metaverse, a futuristic project that attempts to create a 3D space.
Facebook has announced a complete makeover of its brand, renaming its corporate name as Meta. Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement as the company ventures into the metaverse, a futuristic project that attempts to turn the internet into a 3d space involving virtual reality and augmented reality. "Today we're seen as a social media company but in our DNA, we are a company that builds technology to connect people. And the metaverse is the next frontier just like social networking was when we got started," announced Zuckerberg, reported CNBC. The name Facebook will just be limited to the social media platform, relegating it to the status of Instagram and WhatsApp, as another subsidiary of the company's products.
Many suspect Facebook's re-branding aims to wash away negative press caused by the release of 'Facebook Papers' from whistleblower Frances Haugen. The whistleblower revealed that hate speech was a huge issue on the platform is a bigger problem than Facebook likes to concede. It was also found that Facebook's core products contribute to the spread of harmful material, reported Bloomberg. It remains to be seen how Facebook Meta will be released but the internet is already anticipating a dystopian future stemming from the metaverse. The internet certainly had good fun at the expense of Facebook's rebranding and here are some of the best reactions we came across.
Meta.— Grant Stern is fully vaccinated (@grantstern) October 28, 2021
How it started: How it's going: pic.twitter.com/m7KiminsYn
drop the "verse". just "meta", its cleaner. pic.twitter.com/S9z8y3qoHB— ty (🌲,🌲) (@technicallyty) October 29, 2021
What Zuck thought What it actually— Morning Brew ☕️ (@MorningBrew) October 28, 2021
the reaction to Meta was
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Mark Zuckerberg renaming Facebook to Meta in order to try and make people forget the insane levels of social damage Facebook has done. pic.twitter.com/kVKymZRSet— Josh Wilson (@StaticLoFi) October 28, 2021
"Meta" is short for 'I meta girl in high school who I had a huge crush on only to find her years later on Facebook posting anti-vax links and Tom Hanks pedophile theories'— Matt 🎃swalt (@MattOswaltVA) October 28, 2021
Gonna take awhile to get used to saying “He was radicalized in a META group”— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) October 28, 2021
Honest to god thought this was satire. Honest to god. This is the kind of pseudonym they give tech companies in Hallmark movies because it’s so ridiculously fake. https://t.co/AHgl3P04Bv— Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd) October 28, 2021
META: Mark Evading True Accountability— Rick Horowitz (@Rick_Horowitz) October 28, 2021
the Meta-morphosis by Franz Kafka— Alexandra PetriFYING!!! ooOOoo (@petridishes) October 28, 2021
Yeah sure, THIS was the issue with Facebook.— PJ Courington (@PJCourington) October 28, 2021
Dear Facebook:— Ina Fried (@inafried) October 20, 2021
We've received your request to change your name. However, due to our real names policy, you will first need to fax us a copy of your court order and new driver's license....
"Look everyone, your confusing us with facebook... Facebook is the one with the problem....— BC Jesse (@Ghost_Hack) October 20, 2021
We're Brad." pic.twitter.com/Ifb1a11U9c
Everyone: *Raises issues around not addressing fake news, algorithms, worker rights, payments for media content, ethics, big tech power etc, whistleblowers speaking out - and much more*— Anth W. 🌏 (@anth0888) October 20, 2021
Meanwhile Facebook: "Lets rebrand"