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Facebook shuffles HUGE ‘safe metaverse’ update after mom was ‘sexually harassed’ in VR

FACEBOOK has released a “personal boundaries” system inside its metaverse to prevent people from being hacked online.

It happened just days after a mother announced she was subjected to “verbal and sexual harassment” in Facebook’s VR app.

Facebook says avatars will now have personal boundaries in the metaverse

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Facebook says avatars will now have personal boundaries in the metaverseCredit: Meta / Facebook / Oculus
Profile pictures won't be able to enter each other's spaces without permission

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Profile pictures won’t be able to enter each other’s spaces without permissionCredit: Meta / Facebook / Oculus

The reverse as a collection of virtual worlds that users can live, work and play within.

Right now, you can access Facebook’s social apps like Horizon Worlds and Horizon Venues through Oculus virtual reality headset.

Players create avatars that look like themselves and can interact with other players – including physical movement and voice.

But this fairly unrestricted access means harassment can be an issue.

So Facebook’s new Personal Boundaries system prevents avatars from coming within a certain distance from each other.

Facebook says this creates “more personal space for everyone” and makes it “easier to avoid unwanted interactions”.

If someone tries to enter your Personal Boundaries, they will automatically be stopped.

There’s no “haptic feedback” to it, so you won’t feel anything.

Representative hands also disappear if they invade your personal space.

Personal Boundaries will always be on by default, although you can turn it off.

This means that you will now need to extend your arm with a five-tall avatar or fist punch another avatar.

Facebook says that you will eventually be able to customize the size of your Personal Boundaries.

“Virtual reality can and should be for everyone,” said Horizon VP Vivek Sharma.

“And we’re constantly working to improve everyone’s experience in VR, gathering feedback from the community to inform our work as we continue to iterate and improve.

“We believe the Personal Boundary is a powerful example of how VR has the potential to help people interact comfortably.

“It’s an important step and there’s still work to be done.

“We will continue to experiment and explore new ways to help people feel comfortable in VR.”

Critics of the metaverse have warned that it could become a dangerous place where predators can roam free.

In one Average blog post This week, Nina Patel, 43, described being “verbal and sexual harassment” in the Facebook metaverse.

Patel claims she was attacked in less than a minute.

Several male avatars surrounded her

Her avatar—created to reflect her real-life appearance—is quickly surrounded by three to four male avatars, with male voices.

“I was harassed verbally and sexually,” she recalls, adding that their inappropriate behavior went into the dark.

“[They] virtually gang-raped my profile picture and took pictures – when I tried to get away they yelled – “don’t pretend you don’t love it” and “rub yourself in the picture”. ”

She described the challenge as “surreal” and a “nightmare”.

Meta, which owns Facebook and Oculus, says it’s working on more systems to keep users feeling safe.

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