• South Korea and Meta will increase metaverse security

  • Andy O’Connell, vice president of product policy and strategy at Meta Platforms, Inc., and representatives from South Korea’s official media regulating agency met to talk about methods to improve user protection on the metaverse.

    According to reports in the local media, O’Connell and Meta (formerly known as Facebook Inc.) were encouraged to work together on safety in developing virtual platforms like the metaverse by Ahn Hyoung-hwan, the vice chairman of the Korea Communications Commission (KCC).

    Ahn and O’Connell also talked about algorithm transparency on digital platforms and stopping the spread of unlawful material.

    Horizon Worlds is a metaverse platform powered by virtual reality (VR) technology that is available to users in North America and portions of Europe.

    There have been reports of sexual assault on Horizon Worlds, prompting Meta to implement a personal boundary system that places a four-foot gap between a user’s avatar and others, with the exception of selected friends.

    South Korea is similarly dealing with the existence of sexual predators in the metaverse; earlier this year, the Korea Communications Commission established a committee to prevent such behavior.

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