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Meta Platforms Inc. aka Meta was formerly known as Facebook and is an American technology conglomerate situated in Menlo Park, California. Meta now acts as a parent company to Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and other subsidiaries. Meta is seen as one of the American big five in tech, along with Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft. The company changed its name to Meta because of the renewed focus on building a giant metaverse – a network of virtual worlds which will be inhabited by social avatars of real people – with the goal to tie the whole world together into one giant, social network. Meta’s services include Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp and more. It has also acquired Oculus, Giphy, Mapillary, Kustomer and holds a 9.9% stake in Jio Platforms. The new name came into effect on October 28, 2021. Mark Zuckerberg acts as the CEO for Meta, Sheryl Sandberg is the COO, Nick Clegg is president of Global Affairs, Mike Schroepfer is the chief technology officer, David Wehner is the Chief Financial Officer and Chris Cox is the Chief Product Officer. As of December 2020, Meta had almost 59,000 employees. The company’s board of directors include Peggy Alford from PayPal, Drew Houston from Dropbox, Nancy Killefer from McKinsey and Company, Tony Xu from DoorDash and Peter Thiel from Clarium Capital among others. More

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  • Meta says removes China-based propaganda operation targeting U.S. midterms Sep 27, 2022 05:58 PM IST

    Meta says removes China-based propaganda operation targeting U.S. midterms

    The network maintained fake accounts across Meta's social media platforms Facebook and Instagram, as well as competitor service Twitter, but was small and did not attract much of a following.

  • Meta testing a way to make profile switching easier between Facebook and Instagram Sep 27, 2022 01:15 PM IST

    Meta testing a way to make profile switching easier between Facebook and Instagram

    A new interface on Android, iOS and web makes switching between Facebook and Instagram accounts easier

  • New WhatsApp feature allows users to join calls using a link Sep 27, 2022 11:23 AM IST

    New WhatsApp feature allows users to join calls using a link

    The company is also testing 32-person video chats

  • Instagram new feature allows users to post Stories up to 60 seconds Sep 26, 2022 12:04 PM IST

    Instagram new feature allows users to post Stories up to 60 seconds

    Stories that are up to 60 seconds will not be automatically broken up into segments

  • Instagram down for thousands of users: Downdetector.com Sep 22, 2022 11:02 PM IST

    Instagram down for thousands of users: Downdetector.com

    Nearly 19,000 users were having trouble accessing the social network, according to Downdetector, which tracks outages by collating status reports from a number of sources including user-submitted errors on its platform. The outage may be affecting a larger number of users.

  • Facebook whistleblower launches nonprofit to solve social media harms Sep 22, 2022 09:16 PM IST

    Facebook whistleblower launches nonprofit to solve social media harms

    The former product manager at Facebook, since renamed Meta Platforms, made headlines last year after coming out as the source of thousands of leaked internal documents, which she said detailed the social media company's failures to protect teen girls on Instagram and clamp down on vaccine misinformation.

  • Meta aims to cut costs by at least 10% within next few months Sep 22, 2022 06:49 AM IST

    Meta aims to cut costs by at least 10% within next few months

    The reported figure represents a big jump from the earlier forecast of about 2% to 4% cost cuts that Meta announced in July.

  • Meta gains on report social-media giant to cut costs at least 10% Sep 21, 2022 11:25 PM IST

    Meta gains on report social-media giant to cut costs at least 10%

    The report suggests Meta has gotten more aggressive in its efforts to cut costs. Meta has already said it would slow down hiring and reprioritize key projects and initiatives.

  • Iran restricts access to Instagram: NetBlocks Sep 21, 2022 08:30 PM IST

    Iran restricts access to Instagram: NetBlocks

    Meta did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s $71 billion wealth wipeout puts focus on Meta’s woes Sep 21, 2022 07:14 PM IST

    Mark Zuckerberg’s $71 billion wealth wipeout puts focus on Meta’s woes

    It was less than two years ago when Zuckerberg, 38, was worth $106 billion and among an elite group of global billionaires, with only Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates commanding bigger fortunes.

  • Meta makes it easier to directly share Reels from third-party apps Sep 20, 2022 05:03 PM IST

    Meta makes it easier to directly share Reels from third-party apps

    Meta's new Facebook Reels API allow creators and brands to directly share Reels on their own Facebook pages from third-party apps using the “Share to Reels” feature

  • Facebook, beware: The Metaverse is flat, and Mark Zuckerberg needs a plan Sep 20, 2022 03:07 PM IST

    Facebook, beware: The Metaverse is flat, and Mark Zuckerberg needs a plan

    Most people are visiting virtual worlds through plain old screens

  • Meta collected your data and then forgot where it kept it Sep 18, 2022 11:12 AM IST

    Meta collected your data and then forgot where it kept it

    Daniel Garrie: “What systems store the data necessary from that list to compile a single user's profile or profile once it's created?” Facebook's Eugene Zarashaw: “I don't believe there's a single person that exists who could answer that.

  • The Tech Weekender | Top news from the world of technology this week Sep 17, 2022 03:45 PM IST

    The Tech Weekender | Top news from the world of technology this week

    iPhone 14 models go on sale, Motorola flagship launched in India, Uber hacked, and more.

  • YouTube, Meta will expand policies, research to fight online extremism Sep 16, 2022 06:24 AM IST

    YouTube, Meta will expand policies, research to fight online extremism

    Platforms like Alphabet's YouTube and Meta Platforms' Facebook have come under fire for years from critics who say the companies have allowed hate speech and violent rhetoric to flourish on their services.

  • South Korea fines Google, Meta over accusations of privacy law violations Sep 14, 2022 10:51 AM IST

    South Korea fines Google, Meta over accusations of privacy law violations

    The commission fined Google 69.2 billion won ($49.8 million) and Meta 30.8 billion won, it said in a statement.

  • DuckDuckGo, Mozilla and others support Klobuchar bill in rein in big tech Sep 13, 2022 05:25 PM IST

    DuckDuckGo, Mozilla and others support Klobuchar bill in rein in big tech

    DuckDuckGo, Mozilla, Proton and other companies that advertise themselves as pro-privacy expressed support for a bill to ban self-preferencing by Big Tech platforms like Google and Amazon.com.

  • MeitY Startup Hub, Meta collaborate to support XR technology startups Sep 12, 2022 05:24 PM IST

    MeitY Startup Hub, Meta collaborate to support XR technology startups

    The collaboration with Meta is "part of the government’s efforts for skilling in emerging and future technologies", MeitY said

  • Instagram testing new 'Repost' feature Sep 11, 2022 03:28 PM IST

    Instagram testing new 'Repost' feature

    Instagram users currently repost or share posts by adding them to their Stories, although that expires in 24 hours.

  • Meta fined $400 million for its treatment of children’s data Sep 07, 2022 12:06 PM IST

    Meta fined $400 million for its treatment of children’s data

    Meta said it disagreed with the decision and planned to appeal, setting up what could be a lengthy legal process.

  • Exclusive | Meta says enacting gatekeeper norms in India will have chilling effect on startups Sep 06, 2022 11:28 AM IST

    Exclusive | Meta says enacting gatekeeper norms in India will have chilling effect on startups

    Meta also argued that large players like itself can help bridge the digital connectivity gap by providing last mile connectivity and driving up digital adoption, and imposing gatekeeper norms would impair its ability to do so in India

  • Mark Zuckerberg throws kicks and punches in viral video | Watch Sep 05, 2022 05:37 PM IST

    Mark Zuckerberg throws kicks and punches in viral video | Watch

    While this is a rare instance of watching the Meta CEO try his hands at a combat sport, it is becoming increasingly common for centri-billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and even the richest person in the world, Elon Musk, take "fitness" seriously.

  • The Tech Weekender: Top news from the world of technology this week Sep 03, 2022 02:47 PM IST

    The Tech Weekender: Top news from the world of technology this week

    AMD Ryzen 7000 series is here, Qualcomm and Meta team up, Apple's event, and more.

  • Meta, Qualcomm strike agreement on custom virtual reality chips Sep 02, 2022 01:48 PM IST

    Meta, Qualcomm strike agreement on custom virtual reality chips

    The companies' engineering and product teams will work together to produce the chips, which will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon platforms, they said in a statement.

  • Facebook will retire its Gaming app in October Sep 01, 2022 05:40 PM IST

    Facebook will retire its Gaming app in October

    The Meta-owned social media giant said that the service itself will still be accessible within the Facebook app and on web browsers.

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