Facebook is making a big expansion into building the metaverse, by creating 10,000 new jobs across the EU.
As part of its commitment to its “long-standing European presence,” Facebook wants to put the region at the center of its plans to build the metaverse. It is doing so with the announcement of 10,000 jobs for highly skilled professionals in countries including France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and others to build virtual and augmented reality experiences.
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Facebook has already set up offices for its Reality Labs in Ireland, and its AI research lab is located in France. It also partnered with the Technical University of Munich in 2019 to create an AI ethics research center.
“At its heart is the idea that by creating a greater sense of ‘virtual presence,’ interacting online can become much closer to the experience of interacting in person,” explained Nick Clegg, Facebook’s VP Global Affairs, and Javier Olivan, Facebook’s VP Central Products, in the announcement.
“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.”
The company deliberately chose the European Union to develop its team for its “leading” policies on freedom of speech, privacy, and transparency.
The post also praises the role of European policymakers, which Facebook believes play an important role in shaping the new rules of the internet, explaining: “European policymakers are leading the way in helping to embed European values like free expression, privacy, transparency and the rights of individuals into the day-to-day workings of the internet.”
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