Facebook, now Meta, said VR could be ‘toxic’ especially for women and minorities, and it will be practically impossible to change how people behave

It is recently that Meta; formerly known as Facebook, has realized that ‘virtual reality can create a ‘toxic environment,’ especially for women and minorities. The company is afraid that if Metaverse turned off the mainstream customers entirely from the medium, it would result in Facebook facing a real “existential threat.”

A report by Financial Times (FT) states that the Fb veteran and the future CTO of its new firm called Meta, Andrew Bosworth said that the company aims its virtual worlds to be as safe as ‘Disney.’

The FT report on Friday said that Bosworth confessed that it’s beyond the company’s limitations to moderate how users speak and behave. While we design, iterate and launch a new product to the market, we must take care of the fact that technology not only opens up new possibilities but also can be harmful to the users, a blog posted by Bosworth read. He further said that harassment on digital platforms is not a new topic to discuss and this is the issue we have been addressing for years. Bosworth noted that it’s an incredibly daunting and important task that keeps on evolving.

According to the information, Meta has assigned $50 million for research into practical and ethical issues all over the platform. Not only this but the giant is also planning to spend $10 billion on the project related to its new firm (Metaverse) this year. It is also separating revenue between Facebook Reliability Labs and its series of other apps; by changing its financial reporting.

The metaverse; a world of 3D virtual space will be a social platform that will allow you to engage with your friends. However, there are some limitations too: the company takes care of its user’s privacy, so it's difficult for it to record everything that happens in VR. Also, the limitation of the headset’s memory and power would not allow the company to do so, said Bosworth.

Not replying to the media outlet's request for a mark, a spokesperson at Meta said to the Monetary Occasions that keeping the data of individuals is not the task of any single firm. Rather, he said that regulators, consultants, and governments should also take responsibility.

During covid-19 Lockdowns, the selling of virtual reality headsets was around $3 billion. Following this, the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview that he is amazed by the ever-growing number of VR users.

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