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Facebook Changing Its Corporate Name

It all smacks a little bit of Blackwater to me.

I thought at first it might be a hoax, but then I read the article: “Facebook changes its company name to Meta.”

This name change reminded me of another name change from a few years back: “In February 2009, private-security firm Blackwater announced that it would be changing its name to Xe (pronounced Zee) in an attempt to escape the dark cloud it had been under since five of its guards were indicted on charges related to a 2007 shooting that left 17 unarmed Iraqi civilians dead.”

In the last month Facebook has had lots of negative press over how they use their algorithms to ensnare helpless teens into their web of self-destruction. Not that bad, but they don’t seem to be as pure as wind-driven snow either.

Now I know that Facebook can turn on a dime, but this name change thing had to be in the works for some period of time. “The company formerly known as Facebook” might be how we refer to the new company for a while.

How about a stock split?
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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