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Facebook's Sandberg: Virtual reality brings people closer

The growth and development of virtual reality will help bring people closer, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

"Virtual reality is being used at this conference to show a film called 'Clouds Over Sidra.' It tells the story of a 12-year-old refugee girl, and what her life is like," Sandberg said in a panel. "Because it's virtual reality, it's really much easier to feel connected to her and have an immersive experience."

Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2 billion in 2014. Oculus VR is best known for its trademark virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift.

Sandberg also said that technology "doesn't just create technology jobs. It powers jobs in the non-tech sector."

"Connectivity, data access is too important to keep it only to the world's rich," she said. "There are 4 billion people in the world who do not have access, and when they get access they are more highly educated, they have job opportunities, and they have longer, healthier, more productive lives."