One day, The Nine Realms or, perhaps in this instance, the Hundred Realms may be part of our reality. It’s not just an idea for a superhero film. Meta is not the only company that’s trying to make a metaverse plan. Many tech companies also have a history with censorship.
Facebook caused online panic when it declared that Meta would be its new name. This was to demonstrate its dedication to the metaverse. Meta’s more virtual reality (VR)-focused metaverse is one of many metaverse proposals. Niantic CEO and Pokémon Go developer John Hanke objected to Meta’s plan, proposing a more augmented reality (AR)-focused metaverse instead, allowing people to see digital fiction overlaid on the world while interacting with reality.
Disney recently announced it would also be creating a metaverse. Disney CEO Bob Chapek reportedly said, “My vision is to use Disney+ as the platform for the metaverse.”
Axios reported that “the concept of bringing people together in a virtual interactive world is suddenly lighting up earnings calls.” Microsoft, Alibaba, Sony, and TikTok have all expressed interest in or launched metaverse initiatives. Barbados government has apparently signed an agreement to establish a virtual embassy on the metaverse with Decentraland metaverse platform.
The metaverse is not just for tech companies. Nike has reportedly already filed seven trademark applications that would permit it to market virtual products under its brand.
The explosion in meta-creativity ought to be cause for concern as many companies have a history biased censorship. Facebook earned a “F” grade for free speech and for overall online freedom on MRC Free Speech America’s latest Big Tech report card. Microsoft-owned LinkedIn has a long history of censoring conservatives.
Some companies were linked to the anti American Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which is anti-censorship and focuses on censorship. Alibaba is controlled by the CCP and TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is so linked to the CCP that former President Donald Trump issued a 2020 executive order targeting TikTok as a national security risk. Nike President & CEO John Donahoe said in June, “Nike is a brand that is of China and for China.” Disney has been culpable both for censorship and pandering to China.
There is a lot of interest from companies in the metaverse, and this will bring up interesting questions about the operation of the various metaverses if they are dominated by leftist companies.
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