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A woman claims she was sexually harassed and "virtually gang-raped" in Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Metaverse.

Nina Jane Patel shared her harrowing experience of sexual harassment in a post on Medium.com.

Patel said within 60 seconds of joining Facebook's Metaverse she was "verbally and sexually harassed" by 3-4 male avatars, with male voices, who "virtually gang raped my avatar and took photos."

Patel described her "horrible experience that happened so fast and before I could even think about putting the safety barrier in place. I froze."

"It was surreal. It was a nightmare."

She cautions that virtual reality is designed so the user's mind and body can't differentiate virtual/digital experiences from real.

She says virtual reality simulates the 5 senses — including smell — to give users a realistic experience.

"My experience of sexual harassment was, to say the least, shocking," she wrote.

She was offended by the comments from other Meta users when she shared her experience: "don't choose a female avatar, it's a simple fix.", to "don't be stupid, it wasn't real", and "a pathetic cry for attention".

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Mark Zuckerberg is saying goodbye to Facebook for good. On Thursday, he announced Facebook has been rebranded to "Meta" to focus on his "metaverse" of social networking apps and AR/VR hardware.

According to Variety.com, Zuckerberg hopes Meta will reach 1 billion people in the next decade.

Last week, The Verge first reported that Zuckerberg was changing the name of Facebook's parent company to reflect his changing vision for his metaverse.

"Our mission remains the same — it's still about bringing people together," Zuckerberg said Thursday.

"But now we have a new North Star, to help bring the metaverse to life, and we have a new name that reflects the full breadth of what we do and the future that we want to help build."

 
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Zuckerberg said the company will shift its focus from social networking on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, to building the company's AR and VR products.

"From now on, we're going to be metaverse-first, not Facebook-first," he said.

Zuckerberg has come under fire for failing to act on warnings from whistleblowers about misinformation and exposing children to harmful content.

He hopes to shift the focus away from Facebook, which over time will not be needed to access the company's hardware products.

"Today we're seen as a social-media company, but the metaverse is the next frontier," he said.