Where to watch the Facebook Connect 2021 keynote livestream

Tune in to the Facebook Connect 2021 keynote livestream to see what the company has been up to and what its plans are for the future.

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The Facebook Connect 2021 keynote livestream is happening today, and viewers are expecting a host of updates and announcements. With the Oculus Quest 2 announced last year, word of a rebranding, and the promise of creating a “metaverse”, there’s plenty to anticipate from today’s event.

Facebook Connect 2021 keynote livestream

The Facebook Connect 2021 keynote livestream is scheduled to begin on October 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET. Viewers can watch the livestream via the Facebook Reality Labs page, which is also where a lot of information for the event can be found.

facebook connect 2021 keynote livestream

Viewers can expect quite a few shows and keynotes throughout the day. The entire event will kick off with a keynote from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg before shifting to a Developer State of the Union keynote with speakers Chris Pruett, Allison Lee, Mari Kyle, and Tom Langan. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Facebook Connect without an appearance from John Carmack.

As for what viewers can expect from Facebook Connect 2021, well, that’s up for debate. The Oculus Quest 2 was only released a year ago, so a successor to the VR HMD is unlikely. However, we could see a Pro version or even an indication of various updates. The Developer State of the Union will dive into the history and future of Oculus and look at the VR ecosystem as a whole.

Beyond VR, viewers are also anticipating word from Zuckerberg about the Facebook rebranding effort and more information on the “metaverse” the company is creating. We may get more insight into what this means and how the various Facebook entities work together to achieve it.

For those with VR capabilities, there will be a VR experience set aboard the International Space Station. Users will get to see an interview with the astronauts and even experience a spacewalk featuring stunning views of Earth.

If you’re unable to tune in to the Facebook Connect 2021 keynote livestream as it’s happening, make sure you check in with the Shacknews Facebook Connect page. We’ll have coverage of all the critical announcements and exciting reveals. You can also check out the VOD over on the Oculus YouTube channel once it’s uploaded.

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    October 28, 2021 6:00 AM

    Sam Chandler posted a new article, Where to watch the Facebook Connect 2021 keynote livestream

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      October 28, 2021 7:44 AM

      Naaa I'm good.

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      October 28, 2021 8:32 AM

      Oculus Facebook Connect 2021

      https://www.facebookconnect.com/en-gb/

      Anyone else planning on watching? I'm gonna sign into Venues and watch it in VR so I can see people's reactions to the new hardware, it was interesting doing that last year. If anyone is planning on doing the same let me know and we can meet up.

      Right now the leaks seem to indicate we'll get eye/lip tracking, more streamlined party and gamehopping systems, and (possibly) some form of full body tracking using a combination of cameras on the HMD and controllers. Some outlets are speculating that the full body tracking would require you to be in front of a mirror based on the video in the link, but I really can't see Facebook introducing a feature that only works for people who happen to own a full body mirror.

      https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/25/22744959/facebook-oculus-pro-vr-leaked-setup-videos

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        October 28, 2021 9:19 AM

        I just subscribed in venues, will sign on in about 30 min

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          October 28, 2021 9:31 AM

          If you wanna add nerd_corner I'll join you!

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            October 28, 2021 9:52 AM

            venue is open, says you're not online

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              October 28, 2021 11:42 AM

              Huh, must've had myself set to private or something. In any case, you should have a friend request from me now if nothing else lol

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        October 28, 2021 9:27 AM

        Fuck Facebook.

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        October 28, 2021 9:30 AM

        Interested to see what the Pro version specs are.

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        October 28, 2021 9:57 AM

        That sounds dangerous being in front of a mirror in VR.

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          October 28, 2021 11:40 AM

          That's why I think that idea is just Twitter and VR news sites extrapolating *way too much* from one snippet of video; it's just not a practical solution at all.

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            October 28, 2021 11:44 AM

            Yeah, I was thinking too of when you play an intense game like Gorn. Punching a mirror is very dangerous since it is a possibility.

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        October 28, 2021 10:11 AM

        Whistleblower: Facebook's response to child abuse 'inadequate'
        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-59063768

        A former Facebook employee has told US authorities the company's efforts to remove child abuse material from the platform were "inadequate" and "under-resourced".

        The allegations are contained in documents seen by BBC News and submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) two weeks ago.

        The anonymous whistleblower says moderators are "not sufficiently trained and are ill prepared".

        Facebook said in a statement: "We have no tolerance for this abhorrent abuse of children and use sophisticated technologies to combat it.

        "We've funded and helped build the tools used by industry to investigate this terrible crime, rescue children and bring justice to victims."

        It added that it has shared its anti-abuse technologies with other companies.

        The revelations come after former insider Frances Haugen told the US congress earlier this month that Facebook's platforms "harm children, stoke division and harm our democracy".

        This week she also gave evidence to the UK parliamentary committee examining the proposed Online Safety Bill.

        Senior executives from Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube and Tiktok are also due to give evidence.

        ...

        The latest revelations come from an unnamed whistleblower, with inside knowledge of the teams within Facebook set up to intercept harmful material.

        In a sworn statement to the SEC, which regulates securities markets and protects investors, the individual said there was no solution to illegal material at Facebook because there had not been "adequate assets devoted to the problem".

        They claim that a small team set up to develop software which could detect indecent videos of children was broken up and redeployed, because it was seen as "too complex".

        Facebook says it uses technology known as PhotoDNA and VideoDNA, which automatically scan for known child abuse images - each image recovered by law enforcement worldwide and referred to the American National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, is given a unique identifying code.

        Other accusations from the whistleblower include:

        - Facebook doesn't know the full scale of the problem of child abuse material because it "doesn't track it"
        - A constant question allegedly asked by senior managers was "what's the return on investment?"

        The whistleblower told the SEC that this was a legitimate business question, "but not when it comes to public safety issues as critical as child sex abuse".

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        October 28, 2021 10:17 AM

        I hate the future.

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        October 28, 2021 10:25 AM

        Hey guys are you ready for some metaverse

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        October 28, 2021 10:56 AM

        Watching, but not on Facebook. Always interesting watching Zuck play a human.

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          October 28, 2021 12:43 PM

          Oddly enough, the few interviews I've seen with him where he's talking about VR and the metaverse are the only times I've seen him act like a relatable, almost "regular" person. I wonder if the zoned-out affect he has most of the time is just him having absolutely zero fucks to give about anything that he doesn't find interesting at the moment; I've known and worked with people like that and it's remarkably annoying.

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            October 28, 2021 12:49 PM

            Probably more like watching a psychopath try to relate with people who actually have empathy for others.

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        October 28, 2021 10:57 AM

        god this thing is so fucking boring

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        October 28, 2021 11:18 AM

        So meta.

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        October 28, 2021 11:19 AM

        Fuck Meta.

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        October 28, 2021 11:19 AM

        Metavacuum.

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        October 28, 2021 11:20 AM

        Facebook meta login required.

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        October 28, 2021 11:39 AM

        I'm glad to see them (supposedly) moving towards open standards since that'll be necessary for XR to continue to grow, but most of the "You will..." scenarios they showed just kind of felt like them playing catch-up to Microsoft Mesh. Microsoft had live demos at their show months ago of a few of the things Oculus is saying is still years out, and running on Quest hardware no less (albeit through Microsoft's AltSpace platform). I really like some of the concepts they talked about, but none of it sounds very different from what other companies are proposing for the metaverse at the moment.

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          October 28, 2021 1:53 PM

          Quest can do PWA (installable web apps) with WebXR with the Oculus browser now, that's quite extraordinary. This is more than "moving towards open standards", this is already there. WebXR support has been around for a while for example.

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