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Inside the super seed ‘strip club’ hidden inside Facebook’s VR headset

One VIRTUAL reality fan described her unpleasant experience visiting the metaverse’s “most seeded” strip clubs.

In an article for the American men’s magazine MEL over the weekend, writer Brit Dawson explained how she accesses virtual space with a VR headset and is able to chat online with the people you visit.

There doesn't appear to be an age check for using VRChat, an app accessible through the popular Oculus virtual reality headset

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There doesn’t appear to be an age check for using VRChat, an app accessible through the popular Oculus virtual reality headsetCredit: YouTube
People visit strip clubs as virtual characters called avatars

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People visit strip clubs as virtual characters called avatarsCredit: Reddit
Profile pictures can'undress' in front of each other

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Profile pictures can ‘undress’ in front of each otherCredit: Reddit

She began her mission at Club Ruby, a virtual reality strip club accessed through the popular app VRChat on a Meta Quest headset.

Like a real scuba dive, the dark interior saves for red fluorescent lighting, illuminating matching polyester sofas and upper floors with crimson curtains that decorate each individual room, Brit writes. ,” wrote Brit.

“In the corner, there’s a bar and a stage with two columns on either side. Really – it’s like any other strip club.”

Metaverse is a social space where users can socialize as digital versions of themselves – like Facebookbut in virtual reality.

The owner of Facebook, Meta doesn’t run the app, but it does operate the popular Meta Quest headsets used to access it.

VRChat is home to many innocent spaces like supermarkets and even McDonald’s.

But there are also pole dancing venues and strip clubs lurking around, A BBC Last month’s report revealed that children can access disturbing cyberspaces without being tested for age.

After investigation, Brit decided to use VRChat for her own and was able to access the virtual strip club “Club Ruby”.

Other guests visiting the sordid space interacted with her virtual avatar – including a topless man wearing a gimp mask.

She said that, while the club had “a vague sexual need”, it didn’t have any staff or strippers to speak of.

Overall, it’s a place where visitors interact with each other in sometimes inappropriate ways.

“There’s some slight ‘touch’ between players – this just involves moving your avatar next to someone else – and pole dancing, which is funnier than sexy,” she said.

“There aren’t even real strippers – the club has no staff, no shows, and the columns are just there in case any curious users want to try them out.”

SEEDY INTERACTIVE

Metaverse promises to revolutionize the way we use the internet, if its creators believe it, and the version now available to everyone is a crude visualization of the technology’s touted potential.

Ultimately, there could be entire worlds for people to explore, which are realistic recreations of real-world spaces – including strip clubs.

Questions have been raised about the potential harms of technology, including what children may be exposed to without proper testing or supervision.

At one point, Brit stumbles into the more boisterous side of virtual strip clubs, entering a “sexy anime girl ‘flittering’ a banana” and people “making kissing noises.” each other” and “writhing on the floor”.

Obviously, they are not spaces suitable for children, something that has been emphasized recently BBC investigation.

A researcher reveals that children can visit disturbing virtual strip clubs in the metaverse – where they are approached by adults.

They pose as minors and can easily visit them through VRChat, where they face all kinds of inappropriate behavior.

According to one person she spoke to, avatars can “get naked and do unspeakable things”.

This is even though the app has an age rating of 13+.

There is no age verification check to download apps, in fact all you need is a Facebook account.

DANGER BY DESIGN

The NSPCC has previously condemned the technology, calling it “dangerous by design”.

Andy Burrows, head of online child safety charity, said: “It’s exposing children to completely inappropriate experiences that are really, really harmful.

“We’re seeing products roll out without any hint that safety has been considered.”

Meta replied that they were not responsible for the app as it was created by it.

“We want people using our products to have a good experience and easily find tools that can help in situations like these, so we can investigate and take action.” “, said Bill Stillwell, Product Manager for VR Integrity.

“In Meta apps like Horizon Venues, users can mute, block, and report others, and we recently introduced Personal Boundaries to help avoid unwanted interactions.

“For cross-platform apps with users connecting from other platforms, mobile or console, we provide tools that allow Quest players to report and block users.

“We’ll continue to improve as we learn more about how people interact in these spaces.”

Jake Moore, a security advisor at ESET, said the metaverse has allowed users to create new situations and places in a fantasy world but “unfortunately this has exposed its creativity to abuse.” by some users and end up spoiling it for younger audiences.”

“The metaverse is still in its infancy and regulations are not yet ready to take control of this new virtual world,” he explains.

“Meta has to design the platform with security, privacy and safety in mind but sadly profit is clearly dominant at the moment when it finds its footing.

“If young users are to be seen as the adoptive generation, then Meta must enforce better safety and protection measures for all audiences.”

Your virtual version can look the way you want

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Your virtual version can look the way you wantCredit: Reddit

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