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Meta to start ‘new round’ of firing employees

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The parent company of widely used social media platforms — Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp — Meta is eyeing to initiate a new drive of firing employees this Wednesday after firing 11,000 people in November last year, according to the report published by Daily Mail.

The employees which are likely to be the target of the firing campaign are from the communications and marketing teams.

The development comes as the removal of people from the top cadres can be seen when vice president Americas Nada Stirratt left the post on Monday.

Marne Levine also resigned from the post of Chief Business Officer (CBO) last month but would stay until the summer.

Her decision of stepping down as CBO sent shock waves through the company as she had been in leadership roles over her career spanning 13 years in Meta.

Meta has faced immense competition from TikTok as the company’s growth has been slowed over the last several months and the budgets withdrawn by advertisers.

The advertisers have refrained from opting for Meta as Facebook has witnessed a significant drop in users in its lifetime last year due to the tough time from its competitors.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, founder and Chairman of Meta regarded this year as “a year of efficiency” as the company is trying to mitigate its costs including a pull-back from the NFT offering.

Some of Meta’s innovations have proved to be less successful however, its other innovations have caused an 18% uptick in its stock market shares.

Zuckerberg in a statement issued in November last year had announced laying off 13% of the firm’s staff, which is a staggering 11,000 people. 

Taking responsibility CEO Meta had taken the responsibility for things not going well in the company saying that he “got this wrong”.

Apologising to the axed employees, he had said that the layoffs were the “last resort” to save the company. He had also said that most of the recruiting team had been fired as the company was freezing the hiring process.

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VPNs, X, and Slow Internet Services Are Still Blocked in Pakistan

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Users are reporting poor performance on numerous social media sites due to widespread slowdowns in internet access. Furthermore, X (previously Twitter) has been inaccessible for the past six days, despite the Sindh High Court’s directive to allow access. In the meantime, Pakistan is blocking VPN services.

X Remains Unblockable

On February 17, 2024, the Pakistani government first prohibited access to X when it was discovered that Rawalpindi’s Commissioner had rigged election results. The block is still in effect, even though there has been no official announcement or explanation for it. Despite the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the prohibition, the administration has not yet disclosed any plans for reinstatement. Furthermore, officials are giving media outlets conflicting information about the limitations.

Blocked VPN Services

Virtual private network (VPN) services are being widely blocked nationwide, which exacerbates the problem. Apart from limiting accessibility to X, the government has initiated the banning of prominent VPN providers, impeding users’ capacity to establish connections with any server.

sluggish internet access

There is a noticeable slowdown in internet speeds and a decline in performance across Pakistan. The problem hasn’t been acknowledged by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), nevertheless. Even though internet service providers (ISPs) insist there aren’t any outages, consumers on social media sites are nonetheless complaining about poor access.

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Another X, previously Twitter, outage has affected Pakistan.

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Adding to the current difficulties with online connectivity, internet users in Pakistan experienced yet another disturbance when attempting to use the services of social media site X, formerly known as Twitter.

Users from Islamabad and other regions of the nation were unable to use the site for several hours since the service was down.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), which is becoming increasingly concerned about the frequent outages, has not made an official remark about the matter.

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Elections 2024: On February 8, a “suspension” of cellphone and internet services was suggested.

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The suggestion was made at the meeting of the ECP, which was convened to examine the state of law and order in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

According to those with knowledge of the situation, there was a suggestion to cut back on mobile and internet service in vulnerable sections of the nation in time for the general elections in 2024.

The election candidates’ security was also a topic of discussion during the conference, and CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja voiced his worries about the rise in attacks on political gatherings in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

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