Preventing another gang rape: Is Facebook’s new tool enough to stop sexual assault in the metaverse?

“Don’t pretend you didn’t love it,” said one of Nina Jane Patel’s attackers after sexually assaulting her. Unlike the more typical reports of aggravated assaults on women, this didn’t happen in real life; it took place in the metaverse.

One of the test users of Facebook’s new virtual universe, Patel claimed that as soon as she entered the programme, she was gang-raped by men.

On Friday,…

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