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chinadaily.com.cn 2023-04-27 11:38


> Meta commences layoffs, faces $725m settlement
Meta再裁4000人 开始赔付7.25亿美元天价和解费

Meta Platforms Inc's logo is seen on a smartphone in this illustration picture taken Oct 28, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

Facebook's parent company Meta has initiated a new wave of massive layoffs.

The company laid off 4,000 employees on Wednesday, with more expected in May, according to Vox.com.

In March, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Meta planned to cut 11,000 jobs in the coming months.

In November, Meta had let go 11,000 employees, approximately 13 percent of its workforce.

Meta's investment in the Metaverse has resulted in declining revenue and a decrease in user engagement.

Additionally, the company must pay a $725 million settlement this year.

The 2018 revelation that data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica had obtained data from up to 87 million Facebook users through a personality-quiz app prompted a class action lawsuit against Meta.

Plaintiffs alleged that Facebook had granted third parties access to users’ content and information without their consent and failed to monitor how it was being used.

In December, Facebook agreed to settle the case by paying a total of $725 million to Facebook users who had signed up between 2007 and 2022.

That was the largest privacy class action settlement in US history.

> Global temperature could see new record soon

A man walks on a dried up swamp in Ayutthaya, Thailand, on Saturday. Seventeen of Thailand's 77 provinces have been declared drought zones. [Photo/Agencies]

The global average temperature could set a new record in 2023 or 2024, boosted by climate change and the anticipated return of the El Nino weather phenomenon, Reuters reported on Thursday.

After three years of the La Nina weather phenomenon, global temperatures have generally dropped slightly, the report said.


The world could be heading for record temperatures as the El Nino weather phenomenon returns later this year, and temperatures rise rapidly in many parts of the world.

El Nino is a naturally occurring phenomenon characterized by the abnormal warming of sea surface temperature in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean.

On average, it occurs every two to seven years and can last up to 18 months.

During El Nino episodes, normal patterns of tropical precipitation and atmospheric circulation are disrupted, triggering extreme climate events around the globe, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Friedrich Otto, a senior lecturer at Imperial College London in the UK, said the warmer temperatures caused by El Nino could exacerbate the impacts of climate change that countries are already experiencing, including severe heat waves, droughts and wildfires.

Human pollution and massive greenhouse gas emissions are likely to make the world hotter, the report said.

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