Facebook's parent Meta Platforms said on Friday it is launching a tool for people using its virtual reality (VR) social platforms to maintain personal space boundaries, as concerns have mounted about user safety and sexual harassment in the metaverse, Reuters reported.
In that sense, they explained that this new tool of “personal limits” will make users feel like they have four feet between their virtual avatar and others when accessing the Horizon Worlds and Horizon Venues apps through virtual reality (VR) headsets. They clarified that with this new configuration it will be easier to avoid unwanted interactions.
As well, the new tool is based on your current “harassment measures with the hands”in which an avatar’s hands disappear if they invade someone’s personal space.
The tech brand had previously introduced a feature called a “safe zone,” in which users can activate a bubble around their avatar if they feel threatened. “Within this, no one can touch them, talk to them or interact in any way until they want to,” they highlight.
This action fulfills what Meta has tried to devise in the past, to keep its users safe within the metaverse.
It is not the first time that Zuckerberg’s company has been under the scrutiny of global legislators and regulators, where the demand for better management of problematic content and abuses that occur on their social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram.