Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that his company would now be called as Meta or Meta Platforms. The new platform combines apps and technology under a single new business name. But don’t worry, if you’re a Facebook user, nothing will change. The same may be said for Instagram and WhatsApp users. The websites and apps they use will keep their former names.
Announcing the new name, Zuckerberg said, “Today we are seen as a social media company, but in our DNA we are a company that builds technology to connect people, and the metaverse is the next frontier just like social networking was when we got started.”
The name change at Facebook raises many questions about whether or not the social network platform will change for users. No, it does not. Facebook would remain unchanged for its users prior to Zuckerberg’s announcement of Meta. The app’s operation will stay intact. There have been no disclosures of new features or layouts, and the user rules will stay the same. Similarly, the name change would have no effect on Facebook’s other services, such as WhatsApp and Instagram. They will not include any “meta.”
Zuckerberg did not want Facebook to be known just as a social media platform. Facebook now wants to be regarded as a tech company with a diverse range of products and apps. According to Zuckerberg’s Founder’s Letter, the new platform would be much more immersive, with users able to do practically anything they can think. On the meta platform, he claims, people may gather with friends and family, work, learn, play, shop, and create.