According to the online watchdog, there are increasing disturbing reports of women being sexually assaulted or harassed in the Metaverse.
A 21-year-old woman said she was raped within an hour of entering the Metaverse. New report from SumOfUs“Non-profit advocates and online communities campaigning to hold businesses accountable” for alleged violations.
The report, entitled “Metaverse: Another Ruins of Toxic Content,” delves into the claim that women exist. “In fact gangbanged” Hate speech and content moderation issues in Meta Controversial brand change Facebook Inc..
A young woman working as a group researcher will be guided to a private room at a party on the Metaverse platform “Horizon World” released by Meta in the United States and Canada last December, allowing users to gather and play with others. became. Build your game and your own virtual world.
She claimed that her avatar was raped by a user while another person was looking around a bottle of virtual vodka. Others could see looking through the window.
and A chilling video clip released by SumOfUs, “Check this out. It’s a free show. Oh, get it. Get off with that gritty sound, you heard.” Meanwhile, the bystander avatar spins a virtual liquor bottle. While responding, “I need more of this, soon”. “Hey, free show!” Then you can hear the avatar screaming.
When a user touches another user in the Metaverse, the hand controller vibrates and “creates a very disorienting and even disturbing physical experience during a virtual attack.”
“It happened so quickly that I did a kind of separation. Some parts of my brain were” WTF happening “, the other part was” this is not an entity “, and another part was” this Was an important study, “said an unnamed researcher in the report.
“VR users have long reported issues with sexual harassment, verbal abuse, racial injuries, and the intrusion of countless apps into their personal spaces,” Watchdog said.
These “minimal moderations” in the VR world have enabled “prosperity” in behavior. .. .. Especially for avatars that look like women and avatars that sound like women. ”
When faced with the horrific attacks that took place in the Metaverse, Meta spokesmen said that researchers Personal boundaries..
feature is Released in February as a safety tool This is on by default to prevent non-friends from coming within 4 feet of your avatar.
Meta officials didn’t immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment, but a spokesperson for the company said. Daily mail: “We do not recommend turning off the safety feature for strangers.”
They also mentioned several other safety tools aimed at helping people stay safe while in a VR environment. Safe zone buttonThis allows users to block people who are bothering you and report them or certain inappropriate content.
“We want everyone who uses our products to have a good experience and easily find tools that can help in these situations, so we can investigate and take action.” Said a Meta spokeswoman.
The SumOfUs report also lists other cases of sexual harassment that occurred in the Metaverse.
An anonymous beta tester at “Horman Worlds” complained to the app, claiming that her “avatar was groped by a stranger.”
2021, Co-founder and Vice President of Kabuni’s Metaverse Research Nina Jane Patel shared her experience It means that I received “oral and sexual harassment” within 60 seconds after logging on to “Horizon Worlds”. She reported that three to four male avatars “virtually gangbanged” her and took a picture of her screaming her rough remarks.
When logging in to Meta’s “Population One” app, Chanelle Siggens reported that she was approached by another player, who “simulated groping and ejaculation on her avatar.” Another “Population One” user, Mari DeGrazia, reported that she witnessed harassment more than three times a week while using the app. DeGrazia also abused herself while wearing her VR vest when “another player groped her avatar’s breasts”.
While exploring the Metaverse, “Lone Echo VR ”, another app owned by MetaSidney Smith encountered a “sexist remark” when another player claimed to “record her” [voice]To “jerk off”. After a nasty incident, Smith explained that it was difficult to report a player in the game.
SumOfUs said harassment and attacks weren’t limited to Meta-owned apps, but many of the apps were accessible from the MetaOculus Quest headset.
The report mentioned three important steps to be taken to regulate the VR universe.
- First, according to the report, “regulators must deal with Mark Zuckerberg’s predatory and anti-competitive practices.”
- Second, “To date, the United States has no good data protection legislation to protect consumers from fraudulent data collection practices across the platform, and companies like Meta have data to third parties with little oversight. We warn you that you are ready to sell. “
- Third, Digital Service Law (DSA) When the law is enacted in Europe, other World Governments “must use this groundbreaking law as a blueprint for how to regulate bigtech companies in their jurisdiction.”
According to another report, cases of sexual harassment and assault in the Metaverse generally face “negative, abusive, abusive” reactions. MIT Technology Review..
However, on a large scale, the majority of American adults agree that online harassment is a problem, with 41% saying they have experienced some form of harassment in the digital space. Pew Research The study was found.
Jesse Fox, an associate professor at Ohio State University who studies the social impacts of virtual reality, told MIT’s outlets: It can be verbal, yes, it can also be a virtual experience. ”