CEO Mark Zuckerberg warned that the “new economic reality” could last many years
In this photo illustration, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on a video displayed on a smartphone screen as he announces the new name for Facebook: Meta © Getty Images / Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Facebook’s parent company Meta will cut 10,000 of its global workforce in the coming months, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in an open letter to staff on Tuesday. This follows similar cuts in November which saw more than 11,000 workers laid off, or about 13% of its entire staff.
Zuckerberg also informed Meta’s workforce that the company is to close 5,000 open roles that have not yet been filled, as he cautioned about the “possibility that this new economic reality will continue for many years.” Meta’s share price rose by more than 5% following the news.
“This will be tough and there’s no way around that,” Zuckerberg wrote in the lengthy post. The measures, he explained, come amid an overall drive for a so-called “year of efficiency” in 2023 in which the organization will streamline its key services in order to make the business “stronger and more nimble.” Layoffs will begin in late April.
Explaining the decision, Zuckerberg wrote that he was satisfied by how Meta’s objectives “had gone faster” since November’s layoffs and of his belief that a “leaner org will execute its highest priorities faster.” He also concluded that staff who survive the cull “will be more productive.”