Facebook announced that it will hire 10,000 workers from Europe over the next five years to develop the “metaverse.”
Facebook executives Nick Clegg and Javier Olivan said in a statement on Sunday that the social media giant is “investing in European tech talent” to build the new virtual and augmented reality platform.
“The metaverse has the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social and economic opportunities. And Europeans will be shaping it right from the start,” Clegg and Olivan wrote.
The metaverse is a concept where users can explore the internet, interact with other people, and explore various digital worlds through a VR headset — some enthusiasts see the platform as a fully fledged digital universe with its own economy where people can own and transport goods.
Facebook has made it a priority to pioneer building the metaverse amid the hype about digital worlds becoming the future of the internet.
Mark Zuckerberg told The Verge in July that he wants Facebook to transition from a social media platform to a metaverse platform.
“We’re basically mediating our lives and our communication through these small, glowing rectangles. I think that’s not really how people are made to interact,” Zuckerberg said.
Facebook added in its Sunday statement, however, that the metaverse will not be owned or run by one company.
“Like the internet, its key feature will be its openness and interoperability. Bringing this to life will take collaboration and cooperation across companies, developers, creators and policymakers,” Clegg and Olivan maintained.
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