Social media users, especially those in Israel, have questioned whether Zuckerberg knew Meta sounds like the Hebrew word for ‘dead’ before making the change
Mark Zuckerberg is being mocked by social media users after changing Facebook’s name to Meta.
The rebrand came as part of a push to broaden Facebook’s business portfolio beyond social networking to develop a so-called metaverse.
The ‘metaverse’ is the term being used to describe an online world where people would be able to meet, play and work virtually, often using VR headsets.
While the wider company name has been rebranded to Meta, the established Facebook service is to remain unchanged.
However, social media users, especially those in Israel, have questioned whether Zuckerberg knew Meta sounds like the Hebrew word for ‘dead’ before making the change.
Twitter users were quick to jump on the change, suggesting Zuckerberg must’ve “slept through Hebrew class”, while others shared their thoughts through the #FacebookDead hashtag.
Facebook Newsroom tweeted on Thursday: “Today we’re introducing Meta, which brings together our apps and technologies under a new company brand. Learn more about how we’re helping build the metaverse and other news from Connect.”
In response to the name change, one Twitter user said: “In Hebrew, Meta means Dead. The Jewish community will ridicule this name for years to come.”
While another said: “In Greek it means beyond. Don’t be silly. Everybody knows what Meta means in English. If you apply this silly logic you can’t name anything because the word means something in some language.”
In Zuckerberg’s words: “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.”
The new Meta logo is the sign for infinity, which left many users on Reddit suggesting a number of different conspiracy theories.
One user suggested that Zuckerberg wants us to “transmit to a completely different digital reality” since ‘Meta’ also means ‘after’ in Greek.
Another user responded: “Conspiracies are better when they aren’t so forced.”
It wasn’t just opinions and debate over social media though, The ZAKA emergency services, who specialise in collecting body parts after accidents or attacks for a proper Jewish burial, tweeted: “Don’t worry, we’re on it.”