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Facebook parent company Meta lays off 11,000 people

2022-11-09 18:03 by
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Meta is laying off 13% of its staff, or more than 11,000 employees, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a letter to employees Wednesday.

"Today I'm sharing some of the most difficult changes we've made in Meta's history," Zuckerberg said in the letter. "I've decided to reduce the size of our team by about 13% and let more than 11,000 of our talented employees go. We are also taking a number of additional steps to become a leaner and more efficient company by cutting discretionary spending and extending our hiring freeze through Q1."

Zuckerberg has hired aggressively in recent years, doubling the size of the company's workforce from what it was before the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of that hiring has gone into building the metaverse - an online augmented reality universe that Zuckerberg says is the future of the company and of society.

The company has spent tens of billions of dollars trying to build up its metaverse unit, known as Reality Labs, on the assumption that revenues would follow. But that hasn't happened, and worse still, the company's core business has started to slow at the same time.

The job cuts come just a week after widespread layoffs at Twitter under its new owner, billionaire Elon Musk. There have been numerous job cuts at other tech companies that hired rapidly during the pandemic.

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