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Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in EU to build 'metaverse'

Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in EU to build 'metaverse'

Monday, October 18, 2021, 10:28 GMT+7
Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in EU to build 'metaverse'
A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. Photo: Reuters

Facebook Inc plans to hire 10,000 in the European Union over the next five years, the social media giant said on Monday, to help build the so-called metaverse - a nascent online world where people exist and communicate in shared virtual spaces.

This would be a significant step the company is taking towards the concept, something top boss Mark Zuckerberg has touted in recent months.

In September, Facebook committed $50 million towards building the metaverse, where companies like Roblox Corp and "Fortnite" maker Epic Games have an early foothold.

The company earlier launched a test of a new virtual-reality remote work app where users of the company's Oculus Quest 2 headsets can hold meetings as avatar versions of themselves.

Facebook also said in July it was creating a product team to work on the metaverse which would be part of Facebook Reality Labs, its augmented reality and virtual reality group.

"This investment (in new jobs) is a vote of confidence in the strength of the European tech industry and the potential of European tech talent," the company said.

"Europe is hugely important to Facebook."

Reuters

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