Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg delivers harsh message to employees

As tech stocks take a tumble amid a broader market downturn, Meta chief executive Mark Zuckerberg

Has delivered a harsh message to employees: Step up or clear out

In an employee Q&A on on Thursday, the Facebook founder told employees to brace for tough times ahead, according to audio reviewed by Reuters.

If I had to bet, I’d say that this might be one of the worst downturns that we’ve seen in recent history,

Mr Zuckerberg said at the meeting.The company plans to scale back on hiring and introduce tougher performance targets for employees.

Mr Zuckberg admitted that the increased expectations may lead to staff turnover – and the tech exec is fine with that.

Realistically, there are probably a bunch of people at the company who shouldn’t be here," he told employees

Part of my hope by raising expectations and having more aggressive goals, and just kind of turning up the heat a little bit,