“Almost raped in the metaverse”, one American recounts his “horrible experience”

An American woman claims to have been “attacked and nearly raped in the metaverse”. After writing an article in December, he told the “New York Post” what he called a “terrible experience.”

How to establish what is legal or not in a virtual and digital universe? As the metaverse grows, pushed by industry giants including Facebook (now Meta) to take the lead, the testimony of an American sheds light on this dangerous issue. In December, 43-year-old Nina Jane Patel wrote an article on the Medium website, explaining that she was attacked and raped by several people on the virtual reality platform, Horizon Worlds. This mother, who was there as a beta tester on this digital network, explained that in the “60 seconds following (her) adhesion”, she was “verbally and sexually harassed by three or four male avatars, with male voices.

To access this platform, users must have augmented reality glasses, which allow them to move around the world and meet other people. “They almost violated my avatar and took pictures, while I was trying to escape,” Nina Jane Patel said in her article. “They shouted:‘ don’t pretend not to love ’”. He explained that there was a “nightmare” and a “horrible experience that happened so quickly, before I could even think of putting up a security barrier”, that would apply to the site and that would prevent any interaction with others.

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“Forgive me”

Nina Jane Patel explained in the “New York Post” this week that “metaverse harassment is a serious problem that the industry needs to address in order to put in place controls and security measures”. “This problem will continue for both adult men and women as our world shifts from the 2D Internet as we know it, to the 3D Internet, the metaverse.” This woman is particularly concerned about the effects of such actions on young people, “our children, will start using the metaverse more and more over the next few years,” she wrote. “The inevitable shift in the metaverse now raises new concerns if not properly regulated and controlled for this influential age group,” he added. In Medium, he writes: “Virtual reality is fundamentally designed so that the mind and body do not differentiate between virtual / digital experiences and reality. To some extent, my physiological and psychological response is similar to when it occurs in real life.

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“We are saddened to hear this has happened. We want everyone at Horizon Venues to have a positive experience, to easily find safety tools that can help in a situation like this-and to help us investigate and act, ”Joe Osborne replied. in the “New York Post,” a spokesman for Horizon Venues.The site “The Verge” explains that Horizon Venues is “Meta’s first attempt to release something similar to CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s vision ( …). It requires a Facebook account and allows you to interact with up to 20 people in a virtual space. Thanks especially to virtual and augmented reality, Mark Zuckerberg hopes that the metaverse will make it possible to multiply human interactions, by freeing them from physical constraints, via the Internet. It could be, for example, offering the possibility to dance in a nightclub with people located thousands of miles away, but also to buy or sell digital goods or services. In recent weeks, several tests have been made with more or less success, including a concert by Justin Bieber, or even more so his avatar.

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