KIDS can access disruptive virtual strip clubs in the metaverse where they are approached by adults, an investigation has found.
A researcher posing as a minor was able to easily access an app called VRChat and was faced with all sorts of inappropriate behavior.
According to one person, profile pictures can be “naked and do unspeakable things”.
Sometimes, users have also shared their scary experiences online.
Metaverse is a social space where users can socialize – 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 a variety of bluffs like supermarkets and even McDonald’s.
But there are also pole dancing venues and strip clubs lurking around, BBC report.
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.
The NSPCC 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 are not responsible for the app as it was created by it.
“We provide tools that allow players to report and block users,” a representative said.
“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 scenarios and locations in a fantasy world but “unfortunately, this has exposed its creativity to abuse used 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.”
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