Metta World Peace trends on Twitter following Facebook's name change

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Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that Facebook will be changing its name to Meta.

Following the announcement, sports fans shared their thoughts on social media. Many NBA supporters remember when former basketball star Ron Artest legally changed his name to Metta World Peace, where “Metta” became his first name.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has found himself caught up in a variety of controversies in recent weeks. (TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has found himself caught up in a variety of controversies in recent weeks. (TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

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In 2020, he changed his name once again to Metta Sandiford-Artest, keeping “Metta” as his first name, but he combined his wife’s last name with his original last name.

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 06:  Metta World Peace #37 of the Los Angeles Lakers points to a teammate during the first half of an NBA game against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 6, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 06:  Metta World Peace #37 of the Los Angeles Lakers points to a teammate during the first half of an NBA game against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 6, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 
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Social media users took shared funny memes and videos on Twitter following Zuckerberg’s announcement.

“Ron Artest was a visionary,” one user wrote.

DULUTH, GA - AUGUST 10:  Metta World Peace #15 of Killer 3s answers questions from the media during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Infinite Energy Arena on August 10, 2018 in Duluth, Georgia. 

DULUTH, GA – AUGUST 10:  Metta World Peace #15 of Killer 3s answers questions from the media during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Infinite Energy Arena on August 10, 2018 in Duluth, Georgia. 
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“Metta World Peace just changed his name to Facebook World Peace,” someone else wrote.

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Here were some of the reactions on Twitter.

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