Billionaires, too, are susceptible. Tuesday August 16, on the occasion of the launch of the platform Horizon Worlds in France, Mark Zuckerberg had published a selfie of his avatar in the metaverse in front of the Eiffel Tower and the Sagrada Família. A little attention that he hoped would be welcome from the French and the Spaniards, which finally backfired.
Twitter, Instagram and TikTok were unleashed against the billionaire, let’s face it, ridiculous on his image. Her avatar looked like a PlayStation 2 game character, while the landmarks behind it looked almost hand-drawn.
Mark Zuckerberg promises improvements
In a normal world, Mark Zuckerberg could very well have ignored the criticism. It would seem, however, that these did not please him, since the boss of Meta announced three days later, on August 19, that the design of Horizon Worlds was going to change.
At the next Connect conference (the annual meeting of Meta), Zuckerberg intends to announce a graphic overhaul of its platform. Two first images have been released. One shows much more realistic avatars, the other a photo-worthy virtual setting. The event usually takes place around the month of October.
This reaction of Mark Zuckerberg to what was not a real controversy, but rather a joke on social networks, is quite surprising. It shows how important the metaverse is to Meta. The company is afraid that critics will spoil its product and does everything to keep control of its communication.
On our side, we tried for several hours Horizon Worlds the previous week. The graphics didn’t bother us, but we really wonder about the usefulness of this “metaverse” on a daily basis.