Child safety advocates have written a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking him to stop plans to make his metaverse, Horizon Worlds, open to younger audiences, or risk losing their trust again.
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US senators have shared their concerns about opening access of young adults to Meta's virtual reality space Horizon Worlds, which puts them at risk of potential harm and privacy issues.
Leaked Meta memos have indicated that the company isn't too happy with the progress and feedback of the Horizon Worlds metaverse and is considering forcing employees to use and love the project.
The Horizon Worlds metaverse will have a web version, which means any desktop, laptop, smartphone, and gaming console with a web browser could access the same, and it will have a lower "Meta Toll".
A couple of new reports citing surveys have revealed that teens aren't super-interested in the metaverse with less than half of all respondents showing an interest in purchasing associated hardware.
Meta has outlined two new ways that creators on the platform can earn an income. The first is the ability to sell in-world items such as accessories, and the second is creator bonuses.
Meta has introduced a new feature called Personal Boundary in Horizon Worlds to stop other avatars coming within 4-foot of your character. It comes after a woman reported being virtually raped.
Meta is making Horizon Worlds available today for owners of the Meta Quest 2 in the United States and Canada. You'll also need to be over 18 to enter this new virtual world and abide by several rules.