Facebook Announces Hiring of 10K for MetaVerse Creation
In a move that seems a lot like the idea of “put up or shut up”, Facebook announced in mid-October that it will hire an additional 10,000 European Union (EU) workers over the next five years in anticipation of constructing the MetaVerse, what many experts believe is the logical leap forward in the evolution of digital technology and communications.
Doing so in the EU will test how much Facebook has grown since its painful incidents with data rights. In mid-October, Facebook dropped a blog post that said the workers will be working on the Facebook MetaVerse, where users will theoretically spend a large part of their day, even working and going to school.
CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg has been talking up the MetaVerse for at least the past four years, talking about taking a virtual vacation with loved ones who live in different states or using your smartphone’s camera to imagine your apartment with completely different furniture.
Those things have largely happened to a degree, and the Facebook guru believes that the MetaVerse is the next step forward following the rise of mobile Internet access.
"As we begin the journey of bringing the metaverse to life, the need for highly specialized engineers is one of Facebook's most pressing priorities," wrote Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs, and Javier Olivan, vice president of central products, for Facebook.
The employment drive is targeting workers in Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, and France. Facebook has more than 63,000 employees as of June 2021, more than 22% more than it did at that point in 2020.
Facebook sees the Metaverse as an extension of its forays into augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) where it already has an impressive market share due to its hardware like Oculus.
Zuckerberg and his senior staff believe that the Metaverse will transcend mere VR and be available across every Internet-capable device at some point in the future.
Whether the rest of the world will follow Facebook’s lead into this brave new world remains debatable, as the company has been embroiled in scandal after scandal for the better part of the last decade. In 2020, the UK Antitrust Watchdog threatened Facebook and other members of “Big Tech” that they would be fined up to 10% of their earning should they stumble with the UK’s new competition rules, which would have been about $7.1 billion Back in the US, Zuckerberg’s souring reputation led a hospital board in San Francisco to vote not to name its new building after Zuckerberg and his wife despite their $75 million donation. Going into 2021, Facebook has been found teaming up with Google, whatsApp, Cambridge Analytica, and other companies to rig prices and push advertising to its site, with little regard to human privacy.