Facebook lines up metaverse; to hire 10K specialised engineers in EU

Facebook metaverse would be a virtual world that would enable people to play games, work and communicate using VR headsets.

Netizens will soon be able to indulge themselves in a virtual world that would enable them to play games, work and communicate using VR headsets. This virtual universe is being readied fast by social media giant Facebook, and the company has named the proposed virtual universe ‘metaverse’.

This is something that could excite the inhabitants of the web big time. Going by a Facebook blogpost, the metaverse will come with the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social, and economic opportunities.

 The social media behemoth is looking at the plan from a European point of view and it believes that “Europeans will be shaping it right from the start”.

Facebook metaverse plan has 10K EU jobs on offer

In this context, Facebook has already lined up plans to hire as many as 10,000 people in the European Union in its bid to build the proposed metaverse. It has also been revealed that the new jobs will be created over the next five-year period and that the hiring will mostly be for specialised engineers.

A concept that has been in Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s mind is slowly being rolled out and the world would be able to welcome a metaverse in the near term.

In case you wonder why Facebook is looking more keenly at the European Union metaverse plan, it could be because the social media company believes that investing in the EU comes with advantages. Among them is access to a large consumer market, first-class universities and high-quality talent, as per the blog post.

The company had always made it a priority to acquire rival players and expand its activities. In the case of the metaverse, it looks like Facebook prefers to build the metaverse in collaboration with others of the same mindset.

The company has already pumped in close to $50 million towards funding non-profit groups that would help build the metaverse.

With all these in motion, the metaverse concept to turn a reality would take at least 10 more years.

Criticism surfaces against Facebook move

Meanwhile, criticism has also surfaced against the Facebook move to build the metaverse. There is talk that the Facebook plan to build a metaverse and reveal details about it are aimed to divert attention from the scandals that had sprung up causing much embarrassment to the social media giant.  

It may be recalled that revelations from whistleblower Frances Haugen, who worked as a product manager on the civic integrity team at Facebook, had pushed the company to major ridicule recently.

Sanjeev Ramachandran

A journalist with 23 years of experience, Sanjeev has worked with reputed media houses such as Business Standard, The Ne More »
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