Nick Clegg, head of global affairs at Facebook
Clegg said in an interview with the media that the company is currently studying how to protect users in the meta universe field. Last week, the company officially announced that it would change its company name to Meta to show its concern and determination for Meta Universe. The so-called meta universe is a shared virtual environment, and the company believes it will be the successor of the mobile Internet.
Clegg believes that it may take 15 years for the meta universe to be truly realized. He said the company will have enough time to establish security and privacy protection for users. In an online interview, he said: “This time we can cooperate with academia, we can also cooperate with legislators, and we can also cooperate with regulators to implement protective measures before the technology matures.”
After former employee Frances Haugen leaked internal documents, Facebook has long been under scrutiny by regulators and legislatures due to the company’s handling of user safety and privacy and misuse of platforms such as hate speech. Inadequate supervision of behavior has caused the company to face more criticism. Facebook said that these files became a tool for opponents to show false information about its work.
On Monday, Hoogen delivered a speech at the Internet Summit in Lisbon, urging the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to step down, and believed that Facebook should use resources to ensure the security of existing platforms. Not investing in the meta universe.
Clegg said that the company’s current responsibilities and investment in Metaverse are not all-or-nothing. They can invest in new technologies while continuously improving themselves.
He also said that Metaverse should be an “interoperable ecosystem”, and Facebook content standards will need to be consistent with other technology companies that create content for Metaverse. He said that such interoperability agreements and standards will be “some of the most difficult and most important policy tasks.”
Facebook announced its new European partners for the XR project and research fund on Tuesday. This is a two-year, $50 million investment. The company said this plan will help them build a meta in a responsible way. universe.