VRChat virtual strip clubs, child grooming
Occurred: February 2022
A BBC reseacher has discovered that children as young as 13 years-old can witness child grooming, racist insults, avatars having sex, and threats of rape in virtual-reality world VRChat.
According to Andy Burrows, head of online child safety policy at the UK's NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), VRChat 'is a product that is dangerous by design, because of oversight and neglect.'
'We are seeing products rolled out without any suggestion that safety has been considered' Burrows told the BBC.
VRChat is the most reviewed social app in Facebook’s VR Metaverse.
Operator: VRChat; Meta/Quest; Microsoft
Country: UK; Global
Purpose: Manage system safety
Technology: Safety management system; Virtual reality;
Issue: Safety; Privacy; Security
Transparency: Governance; Black box
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Published: February 2022