Facebook rebranding itself as Meta is nothing but a distraction, suggests Imogen West-Knights of The Guardian. The social media giant's foray into metaverse technology, which seeks to provide a more social and immersive VR experience, can't distract from its checkered past. Facebook's platform has reportedly undermined democracy across the world, enabled fascism, and harmed society greatly. It should not be able to start anew so rapidly, not to mention allow this new technology to become a force for bad as well. We should be holding Facebook accountable for its past transgressions, not let it make more potentially disastrous plans for society's future.
Facebook's new Meta project is an ambitious investment in technology that could redefine our future, write Rabindra Ratan and Yiming Lei in the Miami Herald. The metaverse offers a new way to interact with others across technology in a VR setting that is standardized, highly immersive, and customizable. It could very well be the successor of the internet, revolutionizing how we go about our daily lives, whether it be to work or socialize. Crucial is that this virtual setting would provide a more meaningful connection than current social media or a Zoom call. Facebook is putting itself at the helm of a movement that might redefine how humans live their lives.