As Facebook plans to go all-in on the metaverse, a virtual-reality space where users can interact with each other in a computer-generated environment, the tech giant has announced it will take on a new name: Meta.
The switch has not resonated well, however, as initial responses online have mostly consisted of jokes and mockery.
Never Meta social network that didn't poison our brains, tbh— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) October 28, 2021
Some others have pointed out the name change should not absolve Facebook (the platform) of recent controversy.
"I am sorry that Facebook made everyone racist but I don't see what that has to do with Meta, your honor" pic.twitter.com/NvaFKevLKD— Low Quality Facts (@lowqualityfacts) October 28, 2021
The name change was announced in tandem with CEO Mark Zuckerberg's aspiration for a "metaverse" — the virtual universe consisting of social media outlets, shopping, etc. (Think "Ready Player One.")
Back in my day we called it Facebook, not Meta. pic.twitter.com/9rvv0yeTkn— In My Mind (@MeAloneInMyMind) October 28, 2021
Then there's this gem: the name-change prediction a full week before it was officially announced.
FOX Business' Lucas Manfredi and Brooke Lewitas contributed to this report.