Meta, formerly known as Facebook, announced the expansion of a data center in Huntsville earlier this year. Now, after construction has already started, the company is changing plans.

According to reports, Meta is pausing construction on the Huntsville expansion. The Huntsville site is not the only canceled or halted project, however. Meta is ending or putting on hold many projects around the world.

Meta fully canceled the expansion of a data center in Odense, Denmark, and paused in Temple, Texas.

Metadata centers support apps and services provided by the company such as Facebook. They are large facilities filled with servers that store and rapidly process information.

There are Meta data centers located in the United States, Europe and Singapore. The data center in Huntsville is the only one located in Alabama and one of several in the southeast.

Meta announced plans to build the original data center in 2018. At the time, it only consisted of two buildings. In June, it announced that the facility would expand to seven. 

According to The Register, Meta’s decision to change course on the data center expansions might have something to do with the company’s investments in virtual reality, which they call the “metaverse.” Meta’s net income declined 52% in the third quarter of this year. 

The metaverse lost Meta $9.4 billion in the first nine months of 2022, according to CBS News.

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