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Meta Platforms, Inc., doing business as Meta and formerly named Facebook, Inc., and TheFacebook, Inc., is an American multinational technology conglomerate based in Menlo Park, California. The company owns Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, among other products and services. Meta was once one of the world's most valuable companies, but as of 2022 is not one of the top twenty biggest companies in the United States. It is considered one of the Big Five American information technology companies, alongside Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft. As of 2022, it is the least profitable of the five.
|Founded||January 4, 2004 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Headquarters||1 Hacker Way, |
|Revenue||US$116.61 billion (2022)|
|US$28.94 billion (2022)|
|US$23.20 billion (2022)|
|Total assets||US$185.73 billion (2022)|
|Total equity||US$125.71 billion (2022)|
|Owner||Mark Zuckerberg (controlling shareholder)|
Number of employees
|c. 76,000 (Nov. 2022)|
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Meta's products and services include Facebook, Messenger, Facebook Watch, and Meta Portal. It has also acquired Oculus, Giphy, Mapillary, Kustomer, Presize and has a 9.99% stake in Jio Platforms. In 2021, the company generated 97.5% of its revenue from the sale of advertising.
In October 2021, the parent company of Facebook changed its name from Facebook, Inc., to Meta Platforms, Inc., to "reflect its focus on building the metaverse". According to Meta, the "metaverse" refers to the integrated environment that links all of the company's products and services.