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Sexual harassment in the metaverse: A woman’s disturbing experience

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A woman has shared her disturbing experience of being sexually harassed in the metaverse, a virtual reality world where users can interact with each other through digital avatars.

The woman, who works as a researcher for an online watchdog group, said she was virtually “groped” and “raped” by a user while another watched and made lewd comments in Horizon Worlds, a metaverse platform created by Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook.

She said the assault happened within an hour of logging into the platform, where she was invited to a private room at a party. She said her hand controllers vibrated when the attacker touched her avatar, creating a “disorienting and even disturbing physical experience”.

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