A 21-year-old woman claimed she was ‘actually raped’ by a stranger in metaverse Horizon worldsCreated by Meta Corporation owned by Mark Zuckerberg.
Somophosa non-profit organization that campaigns to curb the growing power of companies, sent the young woman into the virtual world, and after about an hour of using the platform, her avatar was sexually assaulted while “Confusing and confusing experience”.
“It happened so quickly that I let myself go,” she recounted.. “Part of my brain was like it was happening, part of my brain was like this isn’t a real body, and part of my brain was like, this is important research.”
The The metaverse is a collection of virtual spaces Where you can play, work and connect with other people who are not in the same physical space as you.
shoot the target Horizon worlds in december and Allows users to meet others, play games and build their own virtual worlds.
There “you can hang out with friends, work, play, learn, shop, create and more,” Mita explained. “It’s not necessarily about spending more time online, it’s about making the time you spend online more useful.”
In a new report entitled Metaverse: Another sink for toxic contentSumOfUs details what happened when the young woman tried the app using an “Oculus” headset.
According to the report, “the researcher in the organization entered wearing an avatar of female appearance and voice, and was sexually assaulted within an hour.”. “While the Meta Personal Limit setting was turned on by default, the researcher decided to turn it off as another user encouraged it.”
“The woman was taken to a private room at a party where a user raped her He is asked to turn around so he can do it from behind while users outside the window can see, all while another user looks in the room and passes a bottle of vodka,” the report says.
With Border crew The organization said other avatars were able to physically touch the researcher’s avatar, causing the hand controls to vibrate, “creating a very confusing and even disturbing physical experience.”
Mita pointed out that The user who has actually been abused does not have the Personal Limit feature activated (border officials)a security tool that is turned on by default and prevents non-friends from approaching your avatar.
“at Horizon worldsAnd Border crew The spokesperson said defaults are approximately 4 feet (about 1.30 meters) for non-friends to make it easier to avoid unwanted interactions. We don’t recommend turning off the security feature for people you don’t know.
Mark Zuckerberg’s company said it has various tools to help people stay safe while in virtual reality and this includes Safe Zone button, which allows you to block people who annoy youplus the ability to report people or content.
“We want everyone who uses our products to have a good experience and easily find tools that can help in situations like these, so we can investigate and take action,” a Meta spokesperson said.
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