Facebook has announced that it will be changing its company name to Meta to bring together different apps and services being offered by the social media giant under one new brand. The announcement was made by CEO Mark Zuckerberg during the company’s connect event on Thursday, October 29, 2021.
“We are a company that builds technology to connect. Together, we can finally put people at the center of our technology. And together, we can unlock a massively bigger creator economy.” said Mark Zuckerberg, adding that the name Facebook did not encompass all the different businesses of the company as it is closely associated to one product.
Zuckerberg added that he hopes that the new company name will help people see the company as a metaverse company overtime. The company has confirmed that names of current services such as Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp will remain unaffected by this decision.
The names of the apps that we build—Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp—will remain the same.— Facebook (@Facebook) October 28, 2021
“We believe the metaverse will be the successor to the mobile internet. We’ll be able to feel present – like we’re right there with people no matter how far apart we actually are,” he said. “We’ll be able to express ourselves in new joyful, completely immersive ways.
“The best way to understand the metaverse is to experience it yourself,” Zuckerberg added, though adding “it doesn’t fully exist yet.”
The company has unveiled a new sign at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on Thursday. Earlier, the company has put up a thumbs-up (aka Like) emoji covering the Facebook name.
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