Meta reportedly plans 'large-scale layoffs,' but what of its metaverse division?
Social media and tech large Meta is reportedly gearing up for “large-scale layoffs” this week amid rising prices and a latest collapse of its share worth.
According to Wall Avenue Journal (WSJ) report on Nov. 6 citing individuals conversant in the matter, the deliberate layoffs may impression hundreds of workers in a broad vary of divisions throughout Meta’s 87,000-strong workforce.
It’s not at the moment understood whether or not the agency’s Actuality Labs division, which registered a $3.7 billion loss within the third quarter, would see workers cuts.
Final week, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the corporate can be focusing its funding on “a small variety of high-priority progress areas,” together with its synthetic intelligence (AI) Discovery Engine and its commercial and enterprise messaging platforms along with the metaverse, stating:
“So meaning some groups will develop meaningfully, however most different groups will keep flat or shrink over the following yr […] In combination, we anticipate to finish 2023 as both roughly the identical measurement, or perhaps a barely smaller group than we’re in the present day.”
In the course of the earnings name, the billionaire entrepreneur appeared to double down on the agency’s investments in these areas, saying he believes they’re “heading in the right direction with these investments” and will “hold investing closely in these areas.”
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The report comes solely every week after Meta reported its third-quarter earnings, which missed income expectations and noticed an increase in its working prices. Its inventory worth additionally took a battering, with shares in Meta at the moment priced at $90.79 — down 7.56% over the past 5 days and 73.19% year-on-year, according to Yahoo Finance.
The corporate seems to nonetheless be actively hiring into its metaverse division regardless, with its listing of job openings revealing 38 of its 413 listings are associated to augmented actuality and digital actuality.
Cointelegraph has reached out to Meta for clarification and whether or not there can be any modifications to its metaverse division however didn’t obtain a direct response.