The app also allows workers to collaborate with others using a whiteboard, stream what’s on their laptops and use their hands instead of remote controllers, among other features, according to Facebook’s corporate website.
“We shouldn’t really have to physically be together to feel present, collaborate or brainstorm,” Zuckerberg said during a demo of the app for journalists, according to CNET, which was present for the demo and reviewed the app on its YouTube channel.
The app is part of the CEO’s vision of turning Facebook into a “metaverse,” a Silicon Valley buzzword that Zuckerberg described to The New Yorker earlier this month as “a virtual environment where you can be present with people in digital spaces.”
It’s “an embodied Internet that you’re inside of rather than just looking at,” he told the magazine, adding that he believes the “metaverse” will be “the successor to the mobile Internet.”
Despite Zuckerberg’s high hopes for the app, people on Twitter weren’t thrilled about the tech tycoon’s idea of making virtual work meetings even more awkward – and rather nightmarish-looking – given workers’ various levels of competence with technology (hello, lawyer who got stuck in kitten mode on Zoom).
To read people’s very funny remarks about the new app, just scroll down – no pricey headset needed.
Mark Zuckerberg: I made an app that combines the worst parts of working from home and working in the office. YOU’RE WELCOME. https://t.co/WEgd9f707u
— Apocalyptica (@ApocalypticaNow) August 19, 2021
THE WORLD: Do a better job reining in misinformation and extremism on Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg: Here’s more tech to have a meeting that should have been an email. https://t.co/irfN6gVUaj
— Christie Zizo (@ChristieZizo) August 19, 2021
MARK ZUCKERBERG: What if we made Zoom…suck worse?
FACEBOOK LIEUTENANTS: Sir, it’s not possible. It can’t be done
ZUCK [grinning devilishly]: That’s where you’re wrong. Get me my space helmet
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) August 19, 2021
Personally I think it’s cool Mark Zuckerberg invented a way for his coworkers to punch him in the face without getting in trouble https://t.co/ETrZBdlFP5
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) August 19, 2021
V funny to me that everyone is like “we have zoom fatigue!” and Facebook was like “ok strap this computer to your face and step into the metaverse, baby!”
— Ryan Mac🙃 (@RMac18) August 19, 2021
Mark Zuckerberg is coming to take the best thing about working at home during the pandemic away from you, because he is a hateful, soulless cyborg. https://t.co/EGT5oW1uMO
— Jeff B. tried to do his best, but he could not (@EsotericCD) August 19, 2021