Facebook changes name to ‘Meta’
Facebook has announced that it is changing its name to “Meta” as part of the company’s growing focus on virtual and augmented reality.
Starting today, Facebook is rebranding its corporate entity to “Meta,” a name which is meant to “reflect who we are and what we hope to build,” according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The name takes inspiration from the term “metaverse,” which is used to describe a virtual-reality space in which users interact with each other through virtual and augmented reality.
In an announcement at the Facebook Connect conference on Thursday, founder Mark Zuckerberg said apps including Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp will now be part of the new metaverse-focused parent company and that individual apps, such as the Facebook app itself, won’t be rebranded.
The names of the apps that we build—Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp—will remain the same.
— Meta (@Meta) October 28, 2021