Meta After posting a frightening, dead-eyed version on Monday that was widely criticized, CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced a fresh, boyish metaverse avatar on Friday. 

A significant visual overhaul for Horizon Worlds, Meta’s metaverse platform, which has drawn criticism for its low-budget appearance, was also promised by Zuckerberg on Friday. 

On Monday, Zuckerberg posted a picture of his avatar in front of the Eiffel Tower on his Facebook profile to announce that Horizon Worlds had begun in France and Spain. 

The image was quickly mocked on social media, with some users comparing the aesthetics to those of 2007’s Second Life and 1990s video games like Zelda and Quake. 

Zuckerberg acknowledged that the avatar he released on Monday was “simple” and that it had been created fast to commemorate the launch in France and Spain 

Zuckerberg claimed that “Horizon is advancing extremely quickly” and that “the graphics in Horizon are capable of far more—even on headsets.” 

It is frequently questioned what the metaverse is capable of, especially as a replacement for in-person communication.

The billionaire businessman Mark Cuban recently criticized the phenomenon of virtual real estate trading in the metaverse.

Earlier this year, Zuckerberg predicted that the company’s metaverse project would lose considerable funds for the next five years.

in an Instagram post on Friday that showed off his new appearance. In an apparent effort to calm his followers, he also uploaded a screenshot of a better-looking Horizon Worlds on Friday.

According to Reuters, Zuckerberg raised the company’s performance standards in July to fire employees who “shouldn’t be here.”