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Matt Hancock becomes first MP to join the Metaverse and shares 'creepy' avatar

Matt Hancock becomes the first MP to join the Metaverse, sharing a ‘creepy’ avatar – criticized as more ‘buff’ than the former health minister 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
  • Conservative MP Hancock has tried to bolster himself in the tech world
  • This is since he quit his job as a healthy secretary after he was caught kissing his assistant

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Matt Hancock has shared his ‘creepy’ personalized avatar as he becomes the first MP to join the Metaverse, sparking a strong backlash on social media.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg launched the virtual reality platform, a digital space where users can escape into a virtual world, and also ridiculed for his avatar on social media.

Former Conservative Health Secretary Mr Hancock resigned from government after being caught on camera kissing assistant Gina Coladangelo at work in violation of coronavirus restrictions, prompting one Twitter user to post: ‘Just when I thought that nothing could be worse than THAT image of Matt Hancock. Here’s his metaverse avatar.’

Another thought the virtual version of the Tory MP “creepy” but “isn’t as scary as his actual face,” while another suggested they go to therapy after seeing the image.

The Tory MP took part in an event organized by tech companies Shift – whose name appears as a badge on his avatar – and Whitespace, designed to help organizations organize networking events online.

Matt Hancock has shared his personalized avatar (pictured) as he becomes the first MP to join the Metaverse.  The Tory MP took part in an event hosted by tech companies Shift, whose name appears as a badge on his avatar, and Whitespace

Matt Hancock has shared his personalized avatar (pictured) as he becomes the first MP to join the Metaverse. The Tory MP took part in an event hosted by tech companies Shift, whose name appears as a badge on his avatar, and Whitespace

Former Conservative health minister resigned from government after being caught on camera kissing assistant Gina Coladangelo at work in violation of coronavirus restrictions

Former Conservative health minister resigned from government after being caught on camera kissing assistant Gina Coladangelo at work in violation of coronavirus restrictions

Former Conservative health minister resigned from government after being caught on camera kissing assistant Gina Coladangelo at work in violation of coronavirus restrictions

Meanwhile, someone else thought Hancock looked more buff in the Metaverse.

The virtual version of the ex-cabinet minister has also been compared to Succession character Kendall Roy, TV presenter Judge Rinder and the infamous bronze statue of Manchester United star Ronaldo.

The West Suffolk MP has recently attempted to fortify himself in the tech world and champion the cause, such as in the Diary of a CEO podcast and urging Parliament to adopt metaverse innovation. In 2018 he also launched his own app.

Hancock believes the Metaverse should be “open and free” — but expressed concern that the platform would become a technology controlled by the few in a talk titled “Web 3.0: What the Future Holds.” and why it should be open and secure’.

“I’ve long been interested in innovation and how technology can transform and improve our way of life,” says Hancock. “The Metaverse is an incredibly important and exciting new technology.”

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Social media users shared their thoughts on the former health secretary's Metaverse avatar

Social media users shared their thoughts on the former health secretary's Metaverse avatar

Social media users shared their thoughts on the former health secretary’s Metaverse avatar

The virtual reality platform, a digital space where users can escape into a virtual world, was launched by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (pictured)

The virtual reality platform, a digital space where users can escape into a virtual world, was launched by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (pictured)

The virtual reality platform, a digital space where users can escape into a virtual world, was launched by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (pictured)

Zuckerberg has admitted that his own avatar, a selfie in front of a virtual Eiffel Tower, was a bit 'basic' after much criticism from social media users

Zuckerberg has admitted that his own avatar, a selfie in front of a virtual Eiffel Tower, was a bit 'basic' after much criticism from social media users

Zuckerberg has admitted that 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 an opportunity to ensure that the next generation of communication is not only open and free, but also defined by open standards – not just a small number of organisations.’

A spokesperson for Hancock made it clear that the tech company had created the avatar. “Matt is flattered that Whitespace created this avatar, following his talk earlier this year on how to ensure the metaverse is open and free while protecting ourselves from misinformation.”

Meanwhile, Zuckerberg has 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 for Horizon Worlds, his latest application for the Metaverse.

Zuckerberg has predicted that the virtual world will reach more than a billion people within a decade.