- Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey made fun of the “metaverse” on Tuesday.
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he wants Facebook to become a “metaverse company.”
- Dorsey agreed with a tweet saying the metaverse could be “a dystopian corporate dictatorship.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has made fun of the “metaverse,” a concept Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been pushing as the future of both Facebook and the internet at large.
The “metaverse” refers to a future version of the internet where, instead of accessing the web through laptops and phones, people use virtual-reality and augmented-reality devices to enter a virtual space.
Dorsey indicated late on Tuesday that he thought the idea was dystopian.
A Twitter user tweeted about Zuckeberg’s metaverse ambitions, and pointed out the term was first coined by science fiction writer Neal Stephenson in his 1992 novel “Snow Crash.” The user said: “it originally described a virtual world owned by corporations where end users were treated as citizens in a dystopian corporate dictatorship.”
The user asked, what if neal was right?”
Dorsey responded to the tweet with: “NARRATOR He was.”
He was. https://t.co/U4XnXCmeeG
— jack⚡️ (@jack) October 20, 2021
Zuckerberg told The Verge in July that he wanted Facebook to eventually become a “metaverse company.”
Facebook announced Monday it intended to hire 10,000 people in Europe over the next five years to help build the metaverse.