Woman ‘virtually gang-raped’ in the Metaverse

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Woman ‘virtually gang-raped’ in the Metaverse

A UK woman is speaking out after a horrific encounter she said she experienced after joining the metaverse.

The metaverse refers to 3D virtual worlds which simulate real life.

Nina Jane Patel, who serves as vice president of Metaverse Research at an immersive technology firm said she was sexually harassed and “virtually gang-raped” by other users in the virtual game Horizon Worlds developed by Meta, formerly known as Facebook.

Meta envisions a virtual world where digital avatars connect through work, travel or entertainment using VR headsets. Zuckerberg has been bullish on the metaverse, believing it could replace the internet as we know it.