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A rebranding has sent the internet into a spin after it unveiled its new logo and name for parent company Meta this week - with Australians holding a particular grudge.
Since the announcement on Thursday the logo has already been mercilessly made into memes and targeted as the butt of many jokes.
Facebook CEO said the rebrand was an effort to distance the social media giant from mounting scandals with Meta 'to reflect who we are and what we hope to build'.
Accompanying the name is the company's new logo similar to a distorted, blue infinity symbol.
But Australians also pointed out its striking resemblance to the ABC logo - the nation's much-loved public service broadcaster.
Facebook changes its name to Meta on Thursday in an effort to distance the social media giant from mounting scandals
The unveiling of the new logo has caused Australian Twitter users to point out its striking similarity to the nation's much-loved public broadcaster (pictured, ABC studios)
'Ok, the new Meta logo and the ABC logo.
Compare the pair. Law suit time?' Asked one Twitter user, accompanied with side by side images of both logo's.
'Meta - the rebranding of Facebook has got some inspiration from our beloved ABC logo...they are just one loop away,' Tweeted another.
'At first I thought what has happened to the ABC logo after last night's wind,' joked a third.
'Is ABC going to sue for copying the logo,' asked another.
One Twitter user was more blunt, uploading an image of the national broadcaster's iconic logo writing:
'ABC logo for about the last 50 years.'
While Australians blasted Meta's new logo, Twitter users from the rest of the world were quick to poke fun at the company's name.
A Twitter user pointed out the name suggests that the company is looking to steal 'literally all' of its users' metadata while another made light of a bleak future where society is even more addicted to devices and social media thanks to an all-consuming 'metaverse'.
Even Twitter's safety account posted that the only Meta its going to acknowledge is its META team - Machine Learning, Ethics, Transparency and Accountability.
Yet Meta reportedly refers to 'metaverse' - Zuckerberg's vision for the company's transition into shared augmented reality where uses work and play in virtual world environments.
The rename is already being mercilessly made into memes and users on Twitter were quick to quip that the name suggests the company is looking to steal 'literally all' of its users' metadata
'This all happened because Zuckerberg never meta girl until college,' one user humorously tweeted while another suggested Meta was actually an acronym
One meme made light of a bleak future where society is even more addicted to devices and social media thanks to the all-consuming 'metaverse'
Twitter's safety account posted that the only Meta its going to acknowledge is its META team, which stands for Machine Learning, Ethics, Transparency and Accountability
The 37-year-old billionaire has said he believes the metaverse to be the future of the internet and so the move is to presumably solidify Zuckerberg's top position in the shift.
Plus, as CEO and chairman of Meta, Zuckerberg has officially stepped into a new job title for the first time in 17 years, according to .
Instead of being congratulated on the position Zuckerberg was the main character of a slew of memes that made fun of the name change.
'Feta seems like an odd name,' one user tweeted alongside a screenshot of the CEO announcing the name change at the virtual conference.
Thanks to Zuckerberg's hand gestures the user was also so fittingly able to photoshop a container of the cheese into his hands.
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The rebrand meant that Zuckerberg, as CEO and chairman of Meta, officially stepped into a new job title for the first time in 17 years but instead of being congratulated on the position Zuckerberg was the main character of a slew of memes that made fun of the new name (above)
In another the letters of Meta were rearranged to read 'meat' as Zuckerberg seemingly held onto a raw steak while a different meme cited the fiber supplement Metamucil.
Yet another meme-maker added an 'L' to the company's new name and superimposed a long-haired wig and logo onto Zuckerberg's shirt to so fittingly transform him into a heavy metal-esque character.
But not all memes featured the social media mogul.
One pictured a man beside a leaking water tank symbolic of Facebook's waterfall of scandals in recent months, which stemmed from internal documents leaked by whistleblower Francis Haugen, who made bombshell claims that Facebook 'puts profits over people' by knowingly harming teenagers with its content and stoking anger among users.
The photo was captioned 'mental health issues, data protection, Cambridge Analytica [a data firm that was embattled with the social media site for years, starting in 2014] and consumer exploitation'.
The man was then pictured placing a singular piece of tape over the leak and the caption read: 'Renaming to 'Meta,' suggesting that the rebrand https://brx.pp.ua is a shoddy attempt at cleaning the slate.
Other memes suggested that the rebrand is a shoddy attempt at Facebook clearing itself of recent scandals after whistleblower and former Facebook product manager Francis Haugen leaked the company's internal documents
Even the global supermarket chain Aldi chimed in and jokingly tweeted that it was changing its name to 'Betta' because 'we betta than all the rest'
The attempt to escape reality couldn't come at a better time for the embattled brand, which will retain the social media site as Facebook but rename Facebook Inc - the parent company that also owns Instagram and WhatsApp.
It will begin trading under MVRS on December 1.
Haugen, a Facebook former product manager, left the company with tens of thousands of confidential documents that she copied in secret and released to roughly two dozen news outlets.
She testified before Congress on October 5 and British Parliament on Monday, presenting findings on the harm social media caused young users.
One revealed that 13.5 percent of British teenagers and six percent of American teenagers experiencing suicidal thoughts said that they traced them to Instagram.
But the rebrand has not been marketed as a type of new beginning or cover-up of any scandals for that matter.
Instead, it described itself as 'the next chapter of social connection' and in a tweet announcing the name change Meta wrote: 'Meta is helping build the metaverse, a place where we'll play and connect in 3D.'
Even the global supermarket chain Aldi chimed in and jokingly tweeted that it was changing its name to 'Betta' because 'we betta than all the rest'.
Twitter itself joined in on the fun and playfully tweeted: 'Big news lol jk still Twitter.'
Twitter itself joined in on the fun and sent out a playful tweet
Many Twitter users accused the tech firm of using the name change as a way to distract from its recent scandals
'This all happened because Zuckerberg never meta girl until college,' one user humorously tweeted while another suggested Meta was actually an acronym for 'Misinformation Exemplified To All'.
A Twitter user even pointed to the fact that Zuckerberg didn't coin the term 'metaverse' but instead swiped it from Neal Stephenson's 1992 sci-fi novel Snow Crash.
However, the book does little to define the term beyond referring to it as an alternate reality.
All jokes aside, core findings in the documents Haugen leaked were that Facebook staff have reported for years that they are concerned about the company's failure to police hate speech - not to mention its algorithms flooded users with extremist content and conspiracy theories based on their political beliefs.
Internal messages from staff at the social media giant show that they blamed themselves for the January 6 Capitol riot after giving extremist content a platform on the site.
'One of the darkest days in the history of democracy and self-governance.
History will not judge us kindly,' one worker said while another added: 'We've been fueling this fire for a long time and we shouldn't be surprised it's now out of control.'
One user pointed to the fact that Zuckerberg didn't coin the term 'metaverse' but instead swiped it from Neal Stephenson's 1992 sci-fi novel Snow Crash.
However, the book does little to define the term beyond referring to it as an alternate reality
More tweets even joked about the company's new logo and one quipped that Apple should also rebrand to a different fruit - the horned melon
Employees pulled down a curtain draped over its iconic 'Like' sign outside the company's Silicon Valley headquarters to reveal the new branding
Whistleblower and https://brx.pp.ua former Facebook employee Haugen (pictured in court on Monday) left the company with tens of thousands of confidential documents that she copied in secret and released to roughly two dozen news outlets.
She testified before Congress on October 5 and British Parliament on Monday and presented findings on the harm social media has caused young users
The documents, which came to be known as the Facebook Papers, also reveal that the site potentially mislead the US Securities and Exchange Commission by failing to disclose that its popularity among young users is slumping.
It's said to have failed to explain that many of its overall users are people with more than one account on its sites, meaning the actual number of users could be up to 11 percent fewer than its figures would suggest.
One trend showed that the time spent on Facebook by US teenagers was down 16 percent from 2020 to 2021 and that young adults - between 18 and 29 - were spending five percent less time on the app.
Oddly enough, Meta reported soaring profits for the latest quarter.
The company said that its net income grew 17 percent in the July-to-September period to $9.19billion, which was reportedly buoyed by strong advertising revenue.
That figure means profits are up from $7.85billion a year earlier.
Meta stock rose more than one percent in after-hours trading Tuesday and rose by more than three percent on Thursday afternoon before dropping to about 1.5 percent by 5pm.
Meta is set to trade under MVRS from December 1.
The company's stock rose more than one percent in after-hours trading Tuesday and rose by more than three percent on Thursday
Additionally third quarter revenue supposedly grew 35 percent to $29.01billion, exceeding analyst expectations.
The company's name change comes along with a new logo depicting a blue infinity symbol referring to the 'metaverse' - Zuckerberg's new focus to expand the company beyond its social media apps.