The avatar of a 21-year-old researcher was sexually assaulted in Meta’s virtual reality platform Horizon Worlds.
Corporate accountability group SumOfUs, for whom the researcher works, says it shows Meta needs better plans to mitigate harms in the metaverse.
In a BBC the company said there were safety tools in Horizon Worlds to help people have a “positive experience”.
The researcher, Vicky Wyatt said she was really shocked, however she thought, “OK, this isn’t my real body, this is an avatar.”
Despite having those feelings of confusion, the woman recognized that “this is really, really important research that I’m doing, I need to capture this footage”.