Meta employees brace for mass layoffs

On Wednesday, Meta, formerly Facebook, is set to have its latest round of mass layoffs. The mass firing will affect “a wide range of technical teams, including those working on Facebook, Instagram, Reality Labs, and WhatsApp,” according to a report from Vox, which broke the story.

Meta confirmed to the outlet that such plans were disseminated at the company and that the layoffs could be in the range of 4,000 employees. 

“This will be a difficult time as we say goodbye to friends and colleagues who have contributed so much to Meta,” Lori Goler, Meta’s head of people, said in the memo.

“Meta employees in North America will be notified by email between 4 am to 5 am PT Wednesday morning, according to Goler’s note. Outside of North America, the timelines will vary [from] country to country, and some countries will not be impacted,” the report continues.

For those employees whose jobs allow it, Meta is asking them to work remotely to give others “space to process the news.”

The company already cut 11,000 employees last November, with an announcement in early March that 10,000 more would be cut. With the expected 4,000 new cuts, that will leave 6,000 employees still on the chopping block for the company.

The company reportedly had 86,000 employees at the end of last year, so that figure is set to shrink to 76,000 once all announced layoffs are final.

“This will be tough and there’s no way around that,” Zuckerberg posted on Facebook last month. “Over the next couple of months, org leaders will announce restructuring plans focused on flattening our orgs, canceling lower priority projects, and reducing our hiring rates.”

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