Facebook’s track record means metaverse scandals are a ‘foregone conclusion’ claims Proton chief

Meta having a scandal around its metaverse platforms is a ‘foregone conclusion’, predicts Proton chief executive Andy Yen.

Founder Mark Zuckerberg has said that an “embodied internet” will be the future of technology but Mr Yen, whose company runs the encrypted email client Protonmail and ProtonVPN, said that the endeavor could still fall flat.

“Things have come and gone in tech. You might remember almost 10 years ago, there was Google Glass … before people realised how creepy that was”, he told The Independent, referencing Google’s augmented reality headset it launched in 2013.

“It’s hard to stay at this stage, what is the fad, and what is going to stay. The metaverse is new and fancy, but is it even going to be relevant in five years?  I think it’s very early to really know if any of these trends are going to be durable and even if they come back and say a decade, some trends just come too early. Microsoft had a tablet in the late 90s [but] it wasn’t the right time. It’s about ‘right time, right place’.”

The parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp has been developing its virtual world for some time, building on the headsets it…

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