Facebook-parent Meta Platforms said on Tuesday it would cut 10,000 jobs, just four months after it let go 11,000 employees, the first Big Tech company to announce a second round of mass layoffs. Also Read - Instagram gets a new Collaborative Collections feature: What it does, how it works
“We expect to reduce our team size by around 10,000 people and to close around 5,000 additional open roles that we haven’t yet hired,” Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said in a message to staff. Also Read - WhatsApp working on Telegram Channel like feature called Newsletter
The layoffs are part of a wider restructuring at Meta that will see the company flatten its organizational structure, cancel lower-priority projects and reduce its hiring rates as part of the move. The news sent Meta’s shares up 2% in premarket trading. Also Read - Whatsapp wants to give you more control over disappearing messages: Here’s how
The move underscores Zuckerberg’s push to turn 2023 into the “Year of Efficiency” with promised cost cuts of $5 billion in expenses to between $89 billion and $95 billion.
A deteriorating economy has brought about a series of mass job cuts across corporate America: from Wall Street banks such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to Big Tech firms including Amazon.com and Microsoft.
The tech industry has laid off more than 280,000 workers since the start of 2022, with about 40 percent of them coming this year, according to layoffs tracking site layoffs.fyi.
Meta, which is pouring billions of dollars to build the futuristic metaverse, has struggled with a post-pandemic slump in advertising spending from companies facing high inflation and rising interest rates.
Meta’s move in November to slash headcount by 13 percent marked the first mass layoffs in its 18-year history. Its headcount stood at 86,482 at 2022-end, up 20% from a year ago.