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Meta Could Reportedly Layoff Thousands of Employees This Week

More large-scale layoffs are hitting big tech as the sector braces for a volatile economic environment.

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Meta Platforms is said to be planning to reduce its headcount this week, which could affect thousands of employees, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. An announcement could be made as early as Wednesday, 9 November 2022. The social media giant, however, declined to comment on the report.

In its October earnings report, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram slashed over US$67 billion off its stock market value in extended trade after forecasting that it’ll continue to record more losses until next year as development for the metaverse continues. So far, it has lost over half a trillion dollars in value this year.

Reality Labs, the division at Meta responsible for developing experiences that’ll power the metaverse, lost US$3.7 billion in the third quarter of 2022, up from US$2.6 billion from a year ago and US$2.8 billion last quarter. This is what led the company to have a less-than-favourable outlook for 2023, with losses even anticipated to grow “significantly” year-over-year.