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Facebook plans to rebrand as metaverse company under new name

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 20: Caught in controversies over its business practices, Facebook Inc. is planning to rebrand as a metaverse company with a new name that focuses on a virtual universe, according to The Verge.

A name change will come up at the company’s Connect conference on October 28. The original Facebook app and service may remain unchanged but will come under a new parent company alongwith other brands like Instagram and WhatsApp in its portfolio.

Google has a similar portfolio structure with Alphabet Inc. as the parent company.

Facebook Inc. founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has said that the key to Facebook’s future lies with the metaverse concept. Metaverse is a new concept that identifies users as living and working inside a virtual universe. The company’s Oculus virtual reality headsets and service are an instrumental part of realizing that vision, he had said.

“In the coming years, I expect people will transition from seeing us primarily as a social media company to seeing us as a metaverse company,” Zuckerberg had said in July. “In many ways the metaverse is the ultimate expression of social technology,” he said.

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