EU Weighs Potential Metaverse Regulation: Report

Authorities need to understand the metaverse better in order to decide the best course of regulatory action, according to one of the EU's commissioners.

Feb 8, 2022 at 10:02 a.m. UTC
Updated Feb 9, 2022 at 3:36 p.m. UTC

Jamie Crawley is a CoinDesk news reporter based in London.

The European Union (EU) is analyzing the metaverse and the potential actions needed for regulatory control, Executive Vice President of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager said.

  • Vestager said that authorities need to understand the metaverse better in order to decide the best course of regulatory action.
  • "The metaverse is here already. So of course we start analyzing what will be the role for a regulator, what is the role for our legislature," Vestager said in an online event on Tuesday, according to a report by Reuters.
  • "Everything we do must be fact-based and based on the information that we can get. We need to understand it before we can decide what actions would be appropriate," Vestager added.
  • The metaverse is a conceptualized virtual world where the internet eventually becomes an immersive virtual space that can be used for work, play, socializing, experiences and events. It started to receive wider mainstream attention last year when Facebook changed its name to Meta as a reflection of its plans in the area.

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