Facebook is preparing to engage 10,000 people in the European Union to advance a so-called metaverse.
A metaverse – an online world where people can game, work and communicate in a virtual environment, regularly using VR headsets.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been a principal voice on the idea.
The pronouncement came as Facebook deals with the outcome of a damaging shame and faces increased calls for law to curb its influence.
What is the metaverse?
“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,” Facebook said in a blog post.
The new jobs being founded over the next five years will include
“highly specialized engineers”.
Investing in the EU provided many advantages, inclusive of access to a large consumer market, first-class universities and high-quality skill, Facebook said.
Facebook has made building the metaverse one of its big prime concern.
in spite of its records of buying up rivals, Facebook claims the metaverse
“won’t be built overnight by a single company”
and has pledged to join forces.
It lately invested $50m (£36.3m) in funding non-profit groups to help
“build the metaverse responsibly”.
yet it thinks the true metaverse concept will take another 10 to 15 years.
Some critics say this latest pronouncement is designed to re-new the company’s reputation and divert attention, after a sequence of damaging scandals in recent months.
This included disclosure from whistle blower Frances Haugen, who worked as a product manager on the civic integrity team at Facebook.
Internal study by Facebook found that Instagram, which it owns, was affecting the mental health of teenagers. But Facebook did not share its discoveries when they suggested that the platform was a “toxic” place for many youngsters.