Into the Zuckerverse
I don’t have much to actually say on the FB/Meta public relations (a.k.a. propaganda
) happenings, that’s not what this newsletter is for. However, I’ll opine a bit, if you’ll indulge me.
Essentially, Facebook is… Facebook? Their core product is still huge, and they have success with Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp (especially in non-Western areas of the world). Oculus is a growing part of the company, and something they’re hitching the Facebook - sorry, Meta - wagon to. For those unaware, essentially, the Meta Company is attempting to build the ‘Metaverse’, a virtual place where you’ll spend all your time and money doing everything you… should be doing in real life. Getting major Ready Player One vibes here.
Anyways, the move is essentially a big PR move during a time where coverage of the company has been resolutely negative. Has the name change likely been in the works for months? Probably. Was the timeline likely moved up, to distract from negative (or at least, perceived negative) coverage? Probably.