“Virtually raped in the metaverse”, says an American about his “terrible experience”

An American woman claims to have been “attacked and practically raped in the metaverse”. After writing an article last December, she told the New York Post what she called a “horrible experience.”

How do you determine what is legal or not in a virtual and digital universe? As the meta-verse grows more and more, pushed by industry giants, including Facebook (now Meta) at the forefront, testimonies from an American shed light on this delicate issue. Last December, 43-year-old Nina Jane Patel wrote an article on Medium’s website explaining that she had been attacked and raped by several people on the virtual reality platform, Horizon Worlds. This mother, who was there as a beta tester of this digital network, explains that in the “60 seconds that followed (her) adhesion”, she was “verbally and sexually harassed by three or four male avatars with male voices.

To access this platform, users need to be equipped with augmented reality glasses so that they can move around this world and meet other people. “They practically violated my avatar and took pictures while I was trying to run away,” says Nina Jane Patel in her article. “They shouted: ‘do not pretend not to love'”. She explains that she had a “nightmare” and a “terrible experience that happened so quickly before I could even think of putting up a security barrier”, available on the site, and which prevents any interaction with others.

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“We’re sorry”

Nina Jane Patel explained to the “New York Post” this week that “harassment in the metaverse is a serious issue that the industry will have to address in order to impose controls and security measures”. “This problem will continue for adult men and women as our world moves from the 2D Internet as we know it to the 3D Internet, the meta-verse.” This woman is particularly concerned about the effects such actions will have on younger people, “our children will start using the metaverse more and more over the next few years,” she wrote. “The inevitable shift to the metaverse now raises new concerns if it is not properly regulated and controlled for this influential age group,” she added. At Medium she wrote: “Virtual reality was basically designed so that the mind and body can not distinguish between virtual / digital experiences and realities. To some extent, my physiological and psychological response corresponded to if it had happened in real life.

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“We’re sad to hear that this has happened. We want everyone at Horizon Venues to have a positive experience, to be able to easily find the security tools that can help in a situation like this – and to help us investigate. and act, “Joe Osborne replied to the” New York Post, “spokesman for Horizon Venues. The site “The Verge” explains that Horizon Venues is “Meta’s first attempt to release something similar to CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s vision (…). It requires a Facebook account and lets you hang out with up to 20 people on one Thanks to virtual and augmented reality in particular, Mark Zuckerberg hopes that the meta-verse will make it possible to multiply human interactions, by freeing them from physical limitations, via the Internet. nightclub with people located thousands of miles away, but also to buy or sell digital goods or services.In recent weeks, several tests have been conducted with more or less success, including a concert by Justin Bieber, or rather his avatar.

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