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In Israel they laugh at new name Facebook: Meta is Hebrew for ‘death’ | Tech

Facebook’s new name makes people laugh in Israel. Meta, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg proudly christened his parent company this week, means ‘death’ in Hebrew. And that causes a lot of hilarity on social media.




Until now, the group behind the social network was also called Facebook. But the parent company is changing its name to Meta, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this week. The new name fits better with Zuckerberg’s ambitious plans to develop a new virtual world. The social media app will continue to be called Facebook. The company behind it also owns Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus.

Since the announcement, especially Jewish users poke fun at the name change. Meta is very similar to the Hebrew word for “death,” tweeted tech expert Nirit Weiss-Blatt. “The Jewish community will ridicule this name for years to come,” she wrote. Other twitterers also point out to Facebook the unfortunate choice of name.

Physical and Virtual

Meta refers to the so-called ‘metaverse’ that the company wants to build. That metaverse is a world in virtual reality where social media, games and web stores come together, so that users no longer have to leave that world. In Facebook’s view, it should be a combination of the physical and virtual worlds, accessible while online. “It can open up new creative, social and economic opportunities,” Zuckerberg said.

Critics see the Facebook name change as a deliberate attempt to divert attention from the many scandals surrounding the company. For example, a whistleblower recently released a series of internal documents showing that the company did nothing with disturbing internal investigations and did too little against fake news and conspiracy theories.

In Israel they laugh at new name Facebook: Meta is Hebrew for ‘death’ | Tech
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