Meta (FB) builds shield after avatars ‘harass’ proxies in metaverse

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Meta (FB) builds shield after avatars ‘harass’ proxies in metaverse

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 Meta (FB) builds shield after avatars ‘harass’ proxies in metaverse
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Highlights

  • Some users have faced harassment on Meta’s Horizon network, its virtual reality platform.

  • The protective function will be turned on by default.

  • Meta Platforms had opened its virtual reality platform to the public in North America in December.

Meta Platforms Inc (FB) is adding a new feature to its Horizon network that will provide a virtual shield to protect users from their digital proxies, it said last week.

The plan comes after reports of harassment on its Horizon Worlds virtual reality platform.

According to news reports, the company began rolling out a new feature that will create a "personal boundary" in metaverse so that the users' digital proxies can't reach close to them.

Some users have reportedly faced harassment on Meta's Horizon network, its virtual reality platform. The company said the feature would create a ring around the users to protect their personal space.

The platform gives people an opportunity to socialize and interact with each other in the virtual space. The company took note of the issue after reports of harassment surfaced on social media.

The protective function will be turned on by default.

Horizon creators have already incorporated an anti-harassment feature that makes an avatar's hands disappear if it tries to inappropriately touch another virtual character.

Meta on Friday said that its "personal boundary" tool could stop avatars four feet away from the virtual characters in the Horizon VR.

Also, they must "extend their arms to be able to high-five or fist bump", the company said.

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Meta’s Horizon Worlds Launch

Meta Platforms had opened the virtual reality platform to the public in North America in December.

However, its metaverse project is still in progress. Last year, Facebook had rebranded itself into Meta Platforms Inc in line with its vision for the metaverse.

It comes after a series of controversies plagued the company, from user data use to privacy issues, over the past few years, both at home and abroad.

However, critics fear these ultra-immersive worlds may be prone to such attacks.

Meta Platforms admits it will require years of work and technological advances before the Horizon Worlds is fully realized. Currently, 18 years or older users can play the games and build their own virtual worlds on Horizon in the US and Canada.

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