the Metaverse is already one of the most toxic places on the internet

A study revealed that Facebook (Meta) is less than ready to fulfill its dream of creating a shared space online for millions of users. After days of testing the Metaverse and its virtual chat room Horizon Worlds, researchers say it’s already one of the worst places on the web, with no moderation.

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Who can believe that? The Business Vision Group SumOfUs published an interesting report last week on the move of the Facebook empire to Meta. While VR platforms in Meta are enjoyed more than 300,000 usersthe group also documents how World Worlda virtual metaverse chat room, already hosts the worst behavior on the webbetween racism, sexual harassment, homophobia and conspiracy theories.

Less than an hour has been “almost violated”, the total loss of moderation

Meta has two main VR apps. One than World Worldan application of social networking allowing users to create and interact in unique digital rooms, called the “world”. By February 2022, nearly 10,000 separate worlds have been designed, with an estimated user base of over 300,000. The second is Horizon Venuesa separate application dedicated to hosting live Metaverse events.

The clear promise of the metaverse is to occupy a digital domain as if you were actually there to interact with other people (as has already been done. VR Chat, for example). Although online harassment not new, everything becomes more visceral once a VR helmet is placed on the head.

World World
World World © Meta

The study was participatory much evidence of an almost complete lack of moderation in the game space offered in the application horizon Worlds. The examples cited in the study are not lacking: the researchers explain that they “ HUNTED in the various product worlds owned by Meta; there are examples of fake medicines being put on the tables and users are constantly calling each other racist and homophobic ridicules.

One of the researchers explained that he needed to less than an hour almost violated » to a user, while testing the metaverse for the first time. SumOfUs Also includes a link to a video of what they consider to be ” virtual sexual assault “. Another video shows racist behavior, violence with weapons, and so on.

Focused on the guard group dozens of sexual assaults as virtual especially in female avatars. Not surprising: a metaverse tester was sexually harassed last year, whileWorld World is only in beta phase.

No one is planned to solve the problem

Meta continues the Metaverse, however there is no clear plan on how to reduce harmful content and behaviordisinformation and hate speech according to the report. The researchers even cited an internal memo from last March shared by Financial Time from Meta Vice President Andrew Bosworth: “ moderation of the user to any extent is almost impossible “he said.

Even back in February, Meta introduced a feature that prevents other avatars from going too close to another player’s body, similar to other virtual chat rooms like. VR Chat. The problem is that researchers show that they always “ harassed “and prompted to remove the personal limit settingseither in the game itself or by other users.

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World World © Meta
World World © Meta

Worse, if there is another user tried to touch or interact with youVR controllers vibrate, ” create a very confusing and even disturbing physical experience during a virtual attack “, as the study shows. A good idea, as Zuckerberg tries on gloves to make virtual objects feel better…

World World understood parental control with the ability to opt out of other users. But the platform is still a big problem for young people, most of them are already using it. Unlike social networks, which can use systems to monitor written content or even videos, VR chat rooms rely solely on individual users to report bad behavior.

Meta repeatedly shows that it is not enough to monitor and respond to harmful content on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp – so it’s no surprise that it failed in the Metaverse “, said the researchers at SumOfUs.

Source: SumOfUs

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