Meta ‘Personal Boundary’ – Deterring Virtual Harassment

Meta ‘Personal Boundary’ – Deterring Virtual Harassment

In a blog recently posted on, Meta is introducing a “personal boundary” approach into its Horizon virtual reality experiences, with the goal of preventing harassment in the virtual world. In real-life, the concept of space and privacy is taught among youngsters and maintained mostly through unwritten interpersonal agreements and indirect societal influences. In the field of the virtual environment, on either side, Facebook parent Meta has been imposing a 4-foot “personal space” barrier for each avatar in its metaverse-style localities via software.

Horizon Worlds was publicly released two months ago after a considerable period of pilot tests. Meta’s adjustments are now being implemented. During that time, at least one beta user reported that a passerby had groped her avatar. As a result, the software update in the Horizon Worlds production platform and the Horizon Venues live event network is enabled by default. It provides an unseen digital wall surrounding avatars, stopping others from approaching too closely — however, you can still extend your arm to offer someone a fist bump or a high five.

The ‘personal barrier’ provides the estimation of four virtual feet between avatars, according to Meta. It offers each one a two-foot radius of virtual personal space. If anybody starts walking or leaping into your personal spaces, they will be stopped in their tracks. Yet, you can still move past another person, so individuals can’t utilize their bubbles to restrict entries or trap individuals in virtual space. Because the technology is designed to set standard rules for how people interact in VR, Meta confirmed that users cannot eliminate their personal boundaries. Future updates, on the other hand, may allow users to choose the radius size.

All should be able to use virtual reality, a   nd Meta is continuously trying to optimize people’s virtual reality experiences, seeking feedback from participants to help them adapt and revise their work. Personal Boundary, according to Meta, is a great illustration of how virtual reality may let individuals engage more comfortably. It’s a significant step forward, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Mandy Do

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