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Facebook aims to make social network more immersive through VR

SAN JOSE — Facebook changed the way people communicate, allowing them to quickly share their thoughts, photos and other memories with friends and families through a click of a blue button.

Kristin Crist, of San Jose, tries out Facebook Spaces at Oculus Connect 4 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. (Gary Reyes/ Bay Area News Group) 

But as the tech firm tries to get 1 billion people into virtual reality, it’s also trying to transform how we socialize online by making it feel like we’re physically next to our loved ones.

The company started testing a way to use Facebook in virtual reality this year. Called Facebook Spaces, it allows users who have a virtual reality headset to explore new places, play games, draw, make calls, film live videos and even take selfies in a virtual world through an avatar.

Users are able to post the memories they make in the virtual world to their Facebook feeds. They can fish, play with…

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