Khaby Lame, the second-most-popular TikToker in the world, promoted Facebook's metaverse in a video with Mark Zuckerberg

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Khaby Lame (right) promoted Facebook's metaverse in a new video with Mark Zuckerberg. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images; Valentina Frugiuele/Getty Images
  • Khaby Lame promoted Facebook's metaverse in a new video with CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

  • The video features Lame teleporting to different locations as Zuckerberg narrates.

  • The metaverse is the idea of a virtual shared reality.

Khabane "Khaby" Lame, the second-most-popular TikToker in the world, promoted Facebook's metaverse in a new video with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO.

The 21-second video features the Senegalese-Italian TikTok star appearing to teleport to different locations - in front of a game of chess, outside of a picturesque house, in a room with people cycling, on a tropical beach - by simply pressing his fingers to his forehead.

For months, Zuckerberg has been touting the idea of establishing a metaverse - a digital world where people can perform real-life activities using virtual avatars. Zuckerberg said at the company's Oculus Connect event that he wanted the company to be "metaverse first, not Facebook first." In August, the company announced a virtual-reality program called Horizon Workrooms, in which people from across the globe could interact and meet to work inside virtual worlds using pixelated avatars.

"Your home is your personal space, from which you can teleport to anywhere you want," Zuckerberg said in the promotional video. "Teleporting around the metaverse is going to be like clicking a link on the internet."

The video was uploaded on Saturday to Lame's account on the Facebook-owned Instagram, which has 54 million followers. "Teleportation station," Lame wrote in the caption of the post, which had received over 3.3 million likes at the time of writing.

It was also published the same day on the official Twitter account for Meta, which was known as Facebook until Zuckerberg announced the name change on Thursday.

"No one makes jumping around the metaverse look easier than @KhabyLame," said the caption of the tweet, which had about 1.7 million views, 23,000 likes, and 7,000 retweets at the time of writing.

Lame, 21, blew up on TikTok when he started posting clips on the platform after he lost his job as a factory employee at the start of the pandemic, The New York Times reported. At the time of writing, he had over 117 million followers and 1.8 billion likes under the handle "khaby.lame." He's known for his deadpan reaction videos and no-frills, offhand comedy style.

He's the second-most-followed TikToker in the world, behind Charli D'Amelio, who has 127 million followers on the app, the social-analytics website SocialBlade indicated.

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