Facebook, or rather Meta, continues to plummet in terms of image with Internet users. Unable to collect the private data of Europeans to transfer them to the USA because of the General Data Protection Regulation (RGPD), Mark Zuckerberg threatens to close Facebook and Instagram on the Old Continent. In full implementation of its metaverse, the company is in a complicated situation. Especially since recently, a user denounced her sexual assault in this virtual world. To prevent such situations in the future, Meta is implementing a Personal Boundary. An unprecedented decision in the history of Facebook.
To fight against harassment in the metaverse, Facebook takes an unprecedented decision
Meta offers two metaverses: Horizon Worlds and Horizon Venues. And these two applications take advantage of the system Personal Boundary to limit aggressive behavior in these virtual worlds such as harassment. In a post describing the feature, the company says, ” Personal Boundary prevents avatars from approaching within a certain distance of each otherwhich creates a more personal space for users to more easily avoid unwanted interactions “. Previously, only player hands would disappear when approaching. From now on, it will be the entire avatar within a meter.
At the moment this feature is enabled by default and Meta wants to provide the ability to adjust the distance in the future. The post states: This limit being the base experience, you will have to extend your arms to interact (high five for example) with the avatars in Horizon Worlds or in Horizons Venues “. Previously, several users were talking about uncomfortable situations in the metaverse. Remember that this is an experience linked to the Internet and inevitably, the latter inherits online problems such as harassment. Except that in this case, moderation is still rudimentary.