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Meta Invests More Money in the Metaverse While Laying off 11,000 Employees

The massive employee layoffs are among the largest this year and the first in Meta's 18-year history

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UNITED STATES: In the midst of a crumbling advertising industry and decades-high inflation, Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc. stated on Wednesday that it would cut more than 11,000 jobs, or 13% of its workforce.

The significant employment cuts, which are among the biggest this year and the first in Meta’s 18-year history, follow thousands of job cuts at other digital companies like Elon Musk-owned Twitter Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Snap Inc.

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Like its competitors, Meta actively recruited during the epidemic to handle an increase in social media use by customers who were stranded at home. However, as a result of advertising and consumers cutting down on purchases due to skyrocketing prices and quickly rising borrowing rates, the business has suffered this year.

Shares of Meta increased by 4% on Wednesday as investors applauded the company’s caution after it made costly investments in the metaverse that, according to Zuckerberg, will take ten years to pay off.

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Rather than the previously anticipated $96 billion to $101 billion, the business anticipates 2023 expenses of $94 billion to $100 billion. In addition, it lowered the forecasted range for capital expenditures in 2023.

Other cost-cutting measures taken by the corporation include reducing office space, cutting back on discretionary expenditure, and extending a hiring freeze into the first quarter. Job layoffs will affect units across Meta with a disproportionately negative impact on the business and recruiting teams.

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Meta will pay 16 weeks of basic pay and two additional weeks for each year of service as part of the severance package, in addition to any unused paid time off.

According to Meta, which had 87,314 personnel at the end of September, impacted individuals would also get shares that would eventually vest on November 15 and six months of healthcare coverage.

The cost of the layoffs was not made public by the firm, but it was stated that it was covered by its previously stated estimate of between $85 billion and $87 billion in expenses for 2022.

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