Woman Says She Was ‘Virtually Gang-Raped’ in Facebook’s Metaverse

Woman Says She Was ‘Virtually Gang-Raped’ in Facebook’s Metaverse

Feb. 28, 2022 Update Below

If people (I’m going to guess these were biological males) are willing to do this in a video game or virtual reality, they obviously think poorly of women, and probably think it’s acceptable for themselves, or other males, to sexually harass women on social media and in real life.

So I’d hope that other conservatives (I’m a conservative) would take these kinds of news stories seriously, rather than their usual reaction, which is to joke about them and act like any woman who’d act alarmed or turned off by this is too neurotic, crazy, or overly sensitive and should be brushed off.

I see some conservative men get into the benevolent sexism routine, behave as though all women should be treated as fine, dainty, easily damaged china at all times (e.g., “don’t draft women into the military!,” etc), but then turn around and laugh off sexual harassment of women in these other contexts.

There’s not much consistency here from male (and some female) conservatives – they will stand aghast, indignant, and horrified at biological men who identify as women being allowed into women’s sports, locker rooms, and prisons, but, then behave as though men and boys having these misogynistic attitudes about women – that makes sexual harassment a possibility or likelihood in the first place – is No Big Deal.

(Link): Assaulted in Metaverse: Woman alleges ‘gang rape’ 60 seconds after joining Meta’s virtual world

Excerpts:

Nina Jane Patel, a mother, chronicled the entire scenario in a Medium blog post, alleging that it all transpired within seconds of her entering the virtual world.

“Within 60 seconds of joining, I was verbally and sexually harassed by 3-4 male avatars, with male voices, who essentially, but virtually, gang-raped my avatar and took photos,” she said.

The 43-year-old went on to describe how she witnessed her avatar being sexually raped by a group of male avatars, who photographed her and gave her messages like “don’t pretend you didn’t love it.”

Anyone who signed into Facebook’s version of the’metaverse,’ an online world in which users’ avatars meet and communicate, as well as tour a rapidly increasing network of virtual destinations such as cities, country scenes, or cafes, could witness the torture firsthand.

…She told The Daily Mail that she promptly ripped off her headphones to end the encounter and has been experiencing anxiety ever since.

(Link):  Sexual harassment in the metaverse? Woman alleges rape in virtual world

January 31, 2022
by Michelle Shen

A woman in the U.K. wrote in a blog post on Medium that she experienced a real horror play out in the virtual game Horizon Worlds developed by Meta, formerly known as Facebook.

“Within 60 seconds of joining,” she wrote in the post from December, “I was verbally and sexually harassed – 3-4 male avatars, with male voices, essentially, but virtually gang raped my avatar.’”

She details watching her avatar get  sexually assaulted by a handful of male avatars, who took photos and sent her comments like “don’t pretend you didn’t love it.”

The woman is vice president of Metaverse Research for Kabuni Ventures, an immersive technology company. Meta released Horizon Worlds to everyone 18 years and older in the United States and Canada on Dec. 9 after an invite-only beta test a year ago.

(Link): Woman Says She Was ‘Virtually Gang-Raped’ in Facebook’s Metaverse

by Carter Sherman

A woman says that she was “virtually gang-raped” in Facebook’s metaverse, just seconds after she stepped into the new virtual world.

“Within 60 seconds of joining—I was verbally and sexually harassed—3-4 male avatars, with male voices, essentially, but virtually gang-raped my avatar and took photos,” Nina Jane Patel, a 43-year-old London-based mother, wrote in a December Medium post that has only just started to attract online attention. “As I tried to get away, they yelled, ‘Don’t pretend you didn’t love it’ and ‘Go rub yourself off to the photo.’”

“It was surreal,” Patel added. “It was a nightmare.”

Reports of sexual violence are already proving to be a problem in the metaverse. In early December, Verge reported that a beta tester had alleged that a stranger had groped her avatar. “Sexual harassment is no joke on the regular internet, but being in VR adds another layer that makes the event more intense,” the tester wrote. “Not only was I groped last night, but there were other people there who supported this behavior, which made me feel isolated in the Plaza.”
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If my fellow conservatives want to be taken seriously that they don’t support sexism, then they really need to stop laughing off such incidents as though they’re nothing.

If you’re a conservative man, and it were your wife, sister, or daughter whom this happened to, I doubt most of you would laugh it off so easily, so I’ve no idea why you giggle and act as though these types of incidents are amusing when they happen to other women.

Feb 28, 2022 Update

(Link): Meta adds ‘Personal Boundary’ to metaverse after ‘virtual gang rape’

Excerpts:

Feb 4, 2022
By Theo Wayt

Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta is adding a feature to combat virtual-reality harassment days after a woman said she was “virtually gang raped” in the company’s metaverse.

The feature, called “personal boundary,” will prevent other users’ virtual avatars from “invading your avatar’s personal space,” the company formerly known as Facebook said in blog post on Friday.

The feature will be rolled out within Meta’s Horizon Worlds and Horizon Venues virtual reality worlds starting on Friday.

“If someone tries to enter your Personal Boundary, the system will halt their forward movement as they reach the boundary,” Meta said. “We believe Personal Boundary is a powerful example of how VR has the potential to help people interact comfortably.”

The feature will kick in if other users come within about four feet of each other, the company said.

The news comes after a British mom said she was “virtually gang raped” while beta testing Meta’s Horizon Worlds late last year.

“Within 60 seconds of joining — I was verbally and sexually harassed — 3-4 male avatars, with male voices, essentially, but virtually gang raped my avatar and took photos — as I tried to get away they yelled — ‘don’t pretend you didn’t love it’ and ‘go rub yourself off to the photo,’” Nina Jane Patel, 43, wrote in a blog post.

In a statement to The Post on Tuesday, Patel called on Meta to introduce stronger anti-harassment features.

“Harassment in the metaverses is a serious issue that the industry needs to come together on to put in place the correct security controls and safety measures,” Patel said.

Fostering a clean reputation for the metaverse products is crucial for Meta as the company seeks to turn its unprofitable virtual reality division — which lost about $10 billion last year — into a money-maker as growth of its Facebook product stagnates. Zuckerberg has argued that the investment will pay off in the long term.


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