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US News Facebook wants to create 10,000 jobs in Europe for virtual world

05:05  18 october  2021
05:05  18 october  2021 Source:   dw.com

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For the expansion of the Internet of the future, Facebook wants to strengthen its locations in Europe. Over the next five years, 10,000 employees should be set to make the virtual world metaverse.

Kommunizieren in virtuellen Räumen: Facebook treibt das Projekt Metaverse voran (Symbolbild) © Andre M. Chang / Zumapress / Picture Alliance Communicating in virtual rooms: Facebook drives the project Metaverse Ahead (Symbol Image)

The Facebook Top Manager Nick Clegg wrote in a blog entry: "This investment is a confidence in the strength of the European Tech Industry and the potential of European tech talents. " Under Metaverse, the US Internet giant understands a world in which physical reality merge with extended (Augmented Reality, ar) and virtual reality (VR) in a cyber world. The term comes from the American writer Neal Stephenson, who used him for the first time in 1992 in his science-fiction novel "Snow Crash".

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For the establishment of metaverse, 10,000 "highly qualified jobs" would arise in Europe, the British ex-vice premier said. Opportunities for a job have, among other things, "highly specialized engineers".

Facebook- Manager Nick Clegg © Picture-Alliance / DPA / L. Mirgel Facebook Manager Nick ClegG

As one of several companies, Facebook is currently on creating a "metaver", a virtual world where users meet, spend money, consume media and possibly even work. The project is considered by Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg as centrally located for the future of the Group.

Openness as a central characteristic

The metaverse has the potential to help access to "to open new creative, social and economic opportunities," explained Facebook. "And the Europeans will shape it from the beginning." No individual company will have metaverse and operate. "As the Internet, the metaverse is characterized by openness and interoperability."

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Europe is tremendous for Facebook, emphasized Clegg. "Here are thousands of employees and millions of companies that use our apps and tools daily to our success." The EU has many advantages that make you a great investment location for technology companies. These advantages included "a large consumer market, first-class universities" as well as highly talented workforce.

The US Group has already started testing a new virtual reality app for remote work, with which users can attend a special headset than avatar versions of their themselves to meetings. In September, Facebook had provided $ 50 million for building the metaverse, in which company such as Roblox and "Fortnite" manufacturers have already passed Epic Games.

An Internet Group under Pressure

The announcement of the social media giant comes at a time when the US Group International is massively pressed under pressure . The former Facebook Manager and Whistleblower Frances Haugen had invoked politics at the beginning of October at a hearing in the US Senate, to force the online network to more transparency. The 37-year-old threw Facebook among others, it knew from internal studies that Instagram of mental health of some teenage pity - but nothing did. In addition, hawen warned against harmful effects of Facebook products on democracy.

Negative headlines produced only one day before, because a fault in the network settings had led to an about six-hour failure on Facebook and the daughters WhatsApp and Instagram .

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