Mark Zuckerberg testifies about Meta’s ambitions in terms of virtual reality

On Dec. August, Judge Edward J. Davila of the District Court began hearing arguments about the injunction. In an opening statement, Abby Dennis, an attorney for the FTC, said that Meta could have built a competitor for Within’s popular virtual reality fitness game Supernatural without acquiring the company.

Hal Singer, an economist who later becomes one of the FTC’s Witnesses testifies that the deal harmed competition. Aaron Koblin, the founder of Within, also appeared as a witness, as did Mark Rabkin, a meta-manager. Mr. Rabkin said Meta considered adding a fitness element to a virtual reality game she owns, Beat Saber, but didn’t pursue the idea further.

On Monday, Andrew Bosworth, Meta’s chief technology officer, took the position. Mr. Bosworth, who oversees the company’s virtual reality work and was involved in the Within acquisition, testified that Meta sees itself as “one platform,” and the idea of ​​a platform is that there’s so much software out there that no company could possibly create all of this software.”

Meta preferred to acquire companies that had developed viral games because it is not easy to imitate this type of success. He added that Meta doesn’t favor games or programs it’s purchased over those from other parties.

Hours before his testimony, Mr. Bosworth also published a 2,000-word blog post defending Meta’s commitment to artificial and virtual reality and stressing that the company sees it as an area of ​​competition.

“As new devices emerge, we believe our industry will enter a new era of growth and competition that will bring tremendous benefits to users and the developer community,” he wrote.

No further sessions are scheduled for the hearing after Tuesday, although more could be added. Judge Davila is expected to rule after the arguments are concluded.

Ryan Mac contributed reporting.

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