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Nick Clegg’s Stab at Hyping Up the Metaverse

By  |  May 18, 2022 11:00 AM PDT
Photo: A meeting in Horizon Workrooms. Credit: Meta Platforms.

When Nick Clegg was promoted to be President of Global Affairs at Meta Platforms earlier this year, it was clear that one of his big responsibilities was handling heat from governments, freeing up Mark Zuckerberg to talk up the metaverse to anyone who will listen. But it seems you can’t be a higher-up at Meta without cheerleading the metaverse, and today is Clegg’s turn.

Publishing on his preferred platform of a Medium blog, Clegg reiterates many of the talking points we’ve heard from Zuckerberg and CTO Andrew Bosworth over the past few months, albeit with an interesting twist. From the very first paragraph, Clegg tries to address the skepticism that Meta’s rebranding and pivot have been met with. And he does so by acknowledging that he himself wasn’t sure what to make of all this metaverse talk at first (something we can believe given that he called the Quest 2 a “wretched” device during an interview late last year).

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