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Latest reaction as Facebook changes its name for the Metaverse


Facebook has announced it will change its name to “Meta” as part of a major rebrand.

The new name is an attempt to focus on the metaverse that Facebook says will be the future of social networking.

But it is also likely an attempt to move on from the intense scrutiny and criticism it has faced in recent weeks and years, which has focused on everything from privacy to the damage it is doing to young people.

The blue app will continue to be known as Facebook, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said. But the branding will be removed from everywhere else, such as the WhatsApp and Instagram.

All of those various apps will now instead live under the “Meta” brand, with Facebook just one of those many different apps.

Mr Zuckerberg published a “Founders Letter” explaining his reasonings for the rebrand, and noted that he would not be stepping down as CEO of the company.

Some journalists have treated the rebrand with a hefty dose of skepticism, even calling on other reporters to ignore the change and to continue referring to the company as “Facebook.”

The name change is Facebook’s second. In 2005, the company changed it’s name from theFacebook to just “Facebook.”

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The Tonight Show pokes fun at Facebook’s name change to Meta

The late-night show hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon mocked the change on Twitter comparing it to fast food outlets making name changes after an E. coli outbreak.

Vishwam Sankaran29 October 2021 05:32

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Image of Meta’s new smartwatch leaks on the web

The image, as shared by Bloomberg, shows a smartwatch with a front-facing camera and rounded screen.

The product, expected to be a competitor to Apple’s smartwatch, was revealed to have a camera built at the bottom of the screen, which has a small notch.

Vishwam Sankaran29 October 2021 05:17

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Daily Show mocks Facebook name change to Meta

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah mocks Facebook’s name change to Meta showing Zuckerberg in a virtual tiki torch rally, and immersing himself in a VR experience of the 6 January US Capitol Hill riot.

Vishwam Sankaran29 October 2021 04:53

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Twitter’s Twitter has some fun with facebook name change

Jack Dorsey’s social media platform had some fun with Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement that Facebook is changing its name to Meta.

“BIG NEWS lol jk still Twitter,” tweeted Twitter’s official Twitter account.

Graeme Massie29 October 2021 03:59

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UK’s Aldi supermarket chain has fun with Facebook name change

The discount supermarket chain’s UK Twitter account got in on poking fun at Facebook’s name change to Meta.

“brb changing our name,” the company tweeted with a mocked up picture of their new logo.

Graeme Massie29 October 2021 03:03

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Daily Show pokes fun at Facebook name change

“Gonna take awhile to get used to saying “He was radicalized in a META group,” a tweet from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah read.

Graeme Massie29 October 2021 02:01

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Patagonia calls for more firms to boycott Facebook

The outdoor clothing company says that companies must pressure the social media giant to fix its platforms in the wake of the Facebook Papers.

“We believe Facebook has a responsibility to make sure its products do no harm, and until they do, Patagonia will continue to withhold our advertising,” CEO Ryan Gellert said in a statement to CNN.

“We encourage other businesses to join us in pushing Facebook to prioritize people and planet over profit.”

Patagonia pulled its adverts off Facebook last summer “because they spread hate speech and misinformation about climate change and our democracy. We continue to stand by that boycott 16 months later,” added Mr Gellert.

Graeme Massie29 October 2021 01:15

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Twitter mocks Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement on Facebook name change

Twitter has mocked Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement that Facebook is changing its name to Meta on its own social media platform.

“The only #META we acknowledge is this,” the Twitter Safety Account posted along with an article on Twitter’s Machine Learning, Ethics, Transparency and Accountability team.

The Facebook boss said on Thursday that the company’s name change was part of its commitment to its “metaverse” all-encompassing technology strategy.

Graeme Massie29 October 2021 00:07

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Twitter mocks Facebook’s Meta name change

Twitter has mocked Facebook’s name change to Meta on its own social media platform.

“The only #META we acknowledge is this,” the Twitter Safety Account posted along with an article on Twitter’s Machine Learning, Ethics, Transparency and Accountability team.

Graeme Massie28 October 2021 23:15

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AOC blasts Facebook as ‘cancer to democracy’ as it changes name to Meta

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has blasted Facebook as a ‘cancer to democracy’ and mocked its announcement the company is changing its name to Meta.

“Meta as in “we are a cancer to democracy metastasizing into a global surveillance and propaganda machine for boosting authoritarian regimes and destroying civil society… for profit!” the New York lawmaker tweeted.

Graeme Massie28 October 2021 22:34

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