Facebook Announces 10000 EU Jobs To Build ‘Metaverse’

Facebook Announces 10000 EU Jobs To Build ‘Metaverse’

Facebook announced on Monday that it will hire 10,000 workers in the European Union to help construct the “metaverse,” a virtual reality version of the internet that the company envisions as the future.

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, has been a key figure in the Silicon Valley buzz surrounding the concept of the metaverse, which would blur the barriers between the physical and digital worlds.

“The metaverse has the potential to open up new creative, social, and economic possibilities.” And Europeans will shape it from the beginning,” Facebook wrote in a blog post.

The European hires will include “highly specialised engineers”, but the company otherwise gave few details of its plans for the new metaverse team.

The company has faced a storm of criticism over the past month after former employee Frances Haugen leaked internal studies showing Facebook knew its sites could be harmful to young people’s mental health.

But Zuckerberg also appears to be a genuine evangelist for the advent of the metaverse era, predicting in July that Facebook will transition from “primarily being a social media company to being a metaverse company” over the next five years.

In August it unveiled Horizon Workrooms, a feature where co-workers wearing VR headsets can hold meetings in a virtual room where they all appear as cartoonish 3D versions of themselves.

Metaverse enthusiasts point out that the internet is already starting to blur the lines between virtual experiences and “real” ones.

In Decentraland, another online platform widely seen as a forerunner to the metaverse, you can already get a job as a croupier in its virtual casino.

It is not the only company pouring millions into developing the technology that could turn a fully-fledged version of the metaverse into reality.

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