New Delhi: Nina Jane Patel, co-founder and vice president of Metaverse Research at Kabuni, has alleged that she was “virtually gang raped” in Facebook’s Metaverse shortly after entering the virtual world.
In a blog post on Medium, the 43-year-old claimed, “Within 60 seconds of joining — I was verbally and sexually harassed — 3-4 male avatars, with male voices, basically, but practically violated my avatar and took pictures.”
“…as I was trying to run away they yelled – ‘don’t pretend you didn’t like it’ and ‘go get your picture rubbed’,” she said, pointing out the issues. of women’s safety in the Facebook metaverse.
“Horrible experience that happened so fast and before I could even think to put the safety barrier in place. I froze. It was surreal. It was a nightmare,” Patel added in his post. of blogging.
However, this isn’t the first time Meta has faced sexual harassment complaints in its virtual world – the Metaverse. In December last year, a beta tester also alleged sexual harassment in the metaverse.
For the uninitiated, the Metaverse is Facebook’s supposed digital world of the future. The company is redoubling its efforts to create the digital universe. Last year, Facebook’s name was changed to Meta to underscore its ambitions to create a metaverse where users could do anything virtually.
Meanwhile, Meta recently announced that it is also rolling out updated 3D avatars to Facebook and Messenger, and for the first time Instagram Stories and DM. The company said people in the United States, Canada and Mexico can appear as their virtual selves in apps through stickers, feed posts, Facebook profile pictures and more, IANS reported.
“Since then, we’ve worked hard to develop the avatars to better reflect the billions of unique people on this planet,” Aigerim Shorman, managing director of avatars and identity, said in a blog post. Also Read: Budget 2022: As FM Introduces 30% Tax on Virtual Currency, Does This Indicate the Future of Cryptocurrencies in India?
“Today we’re taking it a step further by adding new face shapes and assistive devices for people with disabilities,” Shorman added. Also Read: Garena Free Fire Redeem Codes For Today, February 2nd: Here’s How To Get Free Rewards