- BBC News World
The name change that Facebook announced this week has caused numerous jokes in Israel.
And is that Meta, the new corporate name of the company founded by Mark Zuckerberg, in Hebrew means “muertO“.
So many users have posted sarcastic comments and jokes about “Dead Facebook” on Facebook and Twitter.
“In Hebrew ‘Meta’ means ‘dead.’ The Jewish community will ridicule this name for years to come,” Nirit Weiss-Blatt, a technology expert, said in a tweet.
Volunteers from the Zaka emergency service, who are in charge of collecting human remains for a proper Jewish burial, told their followers: “Don’t worry, we are taking care of it,” referring to Facebook.
Zuckerberg said the new name better “encompasses” what his company does, as it broadens its reach beyond social media, into areas such as virtual reality in the world. “metaverso”, an online world where people can play, work and communicate in a virtual environment.
The change by name no I know applies to your individual platforms like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, only to the parent company.
Still, a Twitter user in Israel said: “Maybe Facebook (I guess now Meta) should have done some study groups on rebranding “.
Zuckerberg’s announcement also had an unexpected effect on a Canadian industrial materials company called Meta Materials.
Shares on the stock market rose 6% after the opening of the Nasdaq index on Friday, after a 26% increase in after-hours trading on that stock market.
George Palikaras, the president of the company, also tweeted a joke: “On behalf of @Metamaterialtec, I would like to warmly welcome @Facebook to the #metaverse.”
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