According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Meta Platforms Inc. began executing the last phase of a three-part series of layoffs on Wednesday as part of a plan to remove 10,000 jobs that was revealed in March.
After letting more than 11,000 workers go in the autumn, Meta became the first Big Tech business to announce a second wave of huge layoffs in March. After a recruiting frenzy that saw the company's staff treble since 2020, the layoffs reduced the company's headcount to where it was as of roughly mid-2021.
On Wednesday, several workers announced their layoffs on websites like LinkedIn, which was anticipated to have a significant impact on the ad sales, marketing, and partnerships departments.
Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Meta, said in March that the majority of the company's second wave of layoffs will occur in three “moments” over the course of several months, mostly wrapping up in May. After that, he suggested continuing with a few smaller rounds.
Overall, the layoffs disproportionately affected non-engineering positions, highlighting the importance of Meta's code writers. In March, Zuckerberg promised to “substantially” reorganize business teams and revert to a “more optimal ratio of engineers to other roles.”
According to executives who spoke at a subsequent business town hall, even amid layoffs intended particularly at technical teams, the corporation significantly slashed non-engineering functions like content design and user experience research.
Following a lesser blow to recruitment teams in March, some 4,000 people lost their jobs in the April layoffs, according to Zuckerberg at the town hall.
Layoffs at Meta came after months of declining revenue growth caused by rising inflation and a decline in digital advertising due to the widespread e-commerce expansion.
The business has also been investing enormous sums of money on Reality Labs, a division focused on the metaverse that lost $13.7 billion in 2022, as well as an effort to revamp its infrastructure to enable AI research.