Social networking company Meta Platforms, formerly known as Facebook, is looking to open retail stores across the world.
New York Times quoted According to informed sources, this could be Mark Zuckerberg’s first step towards creating a physical “metaverse” instead of a virtual one.
She explained that the store will be used to introduce people to devices made by the company’s Reality Labs division, such as virtual reality headsets and augmented reality glasses.
These devices are portals to the metaverse, a futuristic digital world where people transition from virtual to augmented versions of reality almost seamlessly.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg changed the name of his company to “Meta” last week and set out a vision for the Metaverse to follow as the next social platform.
The stores will help show that virtual and augmented reality can be fun and exciting, as Zuckerberg sees it.
According to company documents seen by The Times, the store aims to make the world more open and connected, and they aim to create feelings of “curiosity and closeness” as well as a sense of welcome when trying the headphones on “Judgment”. is to be born. -free travel,” according to the documents.
Sources told the newspaper that physical stores were discussed for several months before Facebook’s rebranding began serious work on the initiative last year.
He said the project, which is still in development, may not happen, noting that if the company goes ahead with the store, it would be a first step for the tech giant that has been largely digital, with 3.5 More than a billion people are using its applications such as “Facebook” and Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.
The US newspaper confirmed that a spokeswoman for the company declined to comment on the matter.
Zuckerberg talks about the metaverse as his company grapples with organizational and societal challenges, as Frances Hogan, a former employee who turned whistleblower, collected thousands of pages of internal documents and recently shared them with lawmakers and the media. shared.
Hogan said Facebook was not doing enough to protect society from the harm it caused, and its disclosures have come under scrutiny by lawmakers and regulators, though it is unclear how strong his case is, and how far the metavirus has been. doubts about.
Source: New York Times newspaper