Facebook unveiled a series of new projects on Thursday to support its vision for the Metaverse, including a $150 million fund to spur use among its customer base. As noted by Axios, Facebook has made clear that it plans to spend billions of dollars in an effort to make its 3-D worlds plan a reality.
Precisely how NFTs will fit into this vision is unclear, based on the presentation, though Zuckerberg referred to "digital goods" as part of the user experience.
Past comments from Facebook Financial head David Marcus suggest that NFTs could a part of the offering from Novi, which grew out of Facebook's crypto and stablecoin efforts. "It's too early to talk about our plans, but we're definitely looking at a number of plans to get involved in the space, because we're in a good position to do so," Marcus told Bloomberg in late August.
Facebook also announced Thursday that it would change its name to align with the outlined vision: Meta.
A trio of political parties in Germany struck an agreement this week that will see them assemble a national governing coalition. Part of that agreement, according to the German-language text, includes a call for European countries to work together to monitor activities in the crypto sector.