Facebook leaker Frances Haugen has expressed her fear of the metaverse , and its impact in forcing the future virtual reality world for individuals to disclose more of their personal information, addicting the social networking site, and giving the company another monopoly in the internet world.
In an interview with The Associated Press, today, Tuesday, after attending a number of sessions with MEPs seeking to set rules for social media companies, Haugen said that her former employer was quick to announce Metaverse because “if you don’t like the conversation, try to change the conversation.” “.
Metaverse is a kind of interactive internet , or at least it is presented in 3D.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg has described Metaverse as a “virtual environment” that you can enter – rather than just looking at it on a screen – and refocus the company’s business model on the world of futuristic virtual reality, including renaming the company to Meta.
People can meet, work and play using virtual reality headsets, augmented reality glasses, smartphone apps, or other devices.
Haugen is a former Facebook manager turned whistleblower whose testimony about the company’s practices has drawn global attention. The documents she handed over to authorities and her testimony to lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic have also exposed deep-rooted problems at the company and accelerated legislative and regulatory efforts around the world to rein in big tech companies.
She notes that the social media giant is prioritizing engagement and user growth over online safety.
Haugen, who has also provided a large set of redacted internal documents to a group of news organizations, claims that Facebook’s systems promote hate and extremism online, fail to protect young people from harmful content and the company lacks incentives to fix the problems.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
Haugen’s documents reveal an internal crisis at the social media giant, which provides free services to 3 billion people.
Zuckerberg dismissed Haugen’s allegations as a “coordinated campaign” to paint a false picture of the company.
Officials in Washington and European capitals take her allegations seriously. She was questioned by European Union MPs, on Monday, before applauding her at the end of the two-and-a-half-hour session.
The Metaverse project aims to bring more of our lives into the world of 3D games.
The vision is to free our digital presence from the confines of the screen, restore our freedom of movement on a more “embodied” Internet, and enable deeper connections between people in a social environment where we can see and interact with others.
The video models of “Metaverse” revealed by Facebook founder Zuckerberg showed us what the magic of remote presence might look like through 3D technology. But it overlooked the reality of most current virtual reality.
“When you’re in a Metaverse meeting, you’ll feel like you’re in the room with others, make eye contact, and have a shared sense of space, not just looking at a web of faces on the screen,” Zuckerberg sai