Matt Hancock Becomes the First MP to Join the Metaverse and Shares a ‘Scary’ Avatar
Matt Hancock becomes the first MP to join the Metaverse and shares a ‘creepy’ avatar – which is criticized as being ‘buffer’ than the former health secretary in real life
- The Metaverse is a digital space where users can escape into a virtual world
- The virtual reality platform was launched by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
- Tory MP Hancock tried to cement himself in the tech world
- It’s been since he quit his job as secretary in good health after he was caught kissing his aide
Matt Hancock has shared his “creepy” custom avatar as he becomes the first MP to join the Metaverse, sparking a strong reaction on social media.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg launched the virtual reality platform, which is a digital space where users can escape into a virtual world, and has also been ridiculed for his avatar on social media.
Former Tory Health Secretary Mr Hancock resigned from government after he was filmed kissing aide Gina Coladangelo at work in breach of coronavirus restrictions, leading a Twitter user to post: ‘Just when I thought nothing could be worse than THIS picture of Matt Hancock. Here is his metaverse avatar.
Another thought the virtual version of the Tory MP was ‘scary’ but ‘isn’t as scary as his real face’, while another suggested they should seek therapy after seeing the image.
The Tory MP joined an event organized by tech companies Shift – whose name appears as a badge on his avatar – and Whitespace, aimed at helping organizations organize online networking events.
Matt Hancock has shared his custom avatar (pictured) as he becomes the first MP to join the Metaverse. The Tory MP joined an event organized by tech companies Shift, whose name appears as a badge on his avatar, and Whitespace
The former Tory Health Secretary resigned from the government after he was filmed kissing aide Gina Coladangelo at work in breach of coronavirus restrictions
Meanwhile, someone else thought Hancock looked more “buff” in the Metaverse.
The virtual version of the former Cabinet minister has also been compared to Succession character Kendall Roy, TV host Judge Rinder and the infamous bronze statue of Manchester United star Ronaldo.
The West Suffolk MP has recently tried to cement himself in the tech world and champion his cause, appearing on podcasts such as A CEO’s Diary and urging Parliament to embrace metaverse innovation. He also launched his own app in 2018.
Hancock thinks the Metaverse should be “open and free” – but expressed concern about the platform becoming a technology run by the few in a talk titled “Web 3.0: What the Future Holds and why it needs to be open and safe”.
“I have a long-standing interest in innovation and how technology can transform and improve the way we live,” Hancock said. “The Metaverse is an incredibly important and exciting new technology.”
Social media users have spoken out about the former Health Secretary’s Metaverse avatar
The virtual reality platform, which is a digital space where users can escape into a virtual world, was launched by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (pictured)
Zuckerberg admitted his own avatar, a selfie in front of a virtual Eiffel Tower, was a bit ‘basic’ after much criticism from social media users
The MP added: “We now have the opportunity to ensure that the next generation of communications is not only open and free, but defined by open standards – and not just by a small number of organisations.”
A Hancock spokesperson clarified that the tech company created the avatar. “Matt is flattered that Whitespace created this avatar, following his talk earlier this year about how we can ensure the metaverse is open and free, while protecting against misinformation.”
Meanwhile, Zuckerberg admitted that his own avatar, a selfie in front of a virtual Eiffel Tower, was a bit “basic”.
He shared the image of his virtual self as part of the launch of Horizon Worlds, which is his latest app for the Metaverse.
Zuckerberg predicted that the virtual world will reach over a billion people within a decade.