Welcome to bulliscoming media, the Meta has taken step after the recent Metaverse gang rape scenario that occurs in the Horizon Worlds.
A lady whose name is Nina Jane Patel has taken to his medium page about his Metaverse gang rape experience in Facebook/Meta’s Venues. She said, in 60 seconds of joining the venue, she was verbally and sexually harassed; 3–4 male avatars, with male voices, essentially, but virtually gang raped her avatar and took photos.
She said, as she tried to get away they yelled — “don’t pretend you didn’t love it” and “go rub yourself off to the photo”.
The Meta has announced Personal Boundary for Horizon Worlds and Horizon Venues. Which will prevent avatars from coming within a set distance of each other, creating more personal space for people and making it easier to avoid unwanted interactions.
Personal Boundary will begin rolling out everywhere inside of Horizon Worlds and Horizon Venues, and will by default make it feel like there is an almost 4-foot distance between your avatar and others; they said.
They also added that they will continue to make improvements as they learn how this affects people’s experiences.
Personal Boundary prevents anyone from invading a user avatar’s personal space. If someone tries to enter a user Personal Boundary, the system will halt their forward movement as they reach the boundary. Users won’t feel it—there is no haptic feedback. This builds upon the existing hand harassment measures that were already in place, where an avatar’s hands would disappear if they encroached upon someone’s personal space.
The Personal Boundary is always on, by default, because it will help to set behavioral norms—and that’s important for a relatively new medium like VR. In the future, they’ll explore the possibility of adding in new controls and UI changes, like letting people customize the size of their Personal Boundary.
As the Personal Boundary becomes the default experience, users will need to extend their arms to be able to high-five or fist bump other people’s avatars in Horizon Worlds or in Horizon Venues.