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TechnologyFacebook's Oculus ships VR controllers with creepy, 'inappropriate' hidden messages

01:20  14 april  2019
01:20  14 april  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Facebook accidentally hid bizarre and " inappropriate " messages inside "tens of thousands" of virtual reality ( VR ) controllers , including "Big Brother is Watching" and "The Masons Were Here." Nate Mitchell, the cofounder of Facebook -owned VR organisation Oculus , wrote on Twitter on Friday that

Facebook -owned company Oculus announced Friday that early models of its virtual reality Oculus Touch virtual reality controllers contain “ hidden ” and “ inappropriate ” messages . Oculus cofounder Nate Mitchell tweeted about the unfortunate incident today, explaining that the phrases “This Space

Facebook's Oculus ships VR controllers with creepy, 'inappropriate' hidden messages© Chesnot/Getty Images, FILE A visitor tries the Oculus Gear VR headset with to experience 3D virtual reality during the show "Virtuality Paris 2017" in Paris, Feb. 24, 2017.

Tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers are delivering a little bit more than virtual reality.

The handheld devices from the Facebook-owned VR company are being shipped to consumers with hidden messages inside the controllers that say “The Masons Were Here” and “This Space For Rent," the company said.

"Unfortunately, some 'easter egg' labels meant for prototypes accidentally made it onto the internal hardware for tens of thousands of Touch controllers," Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell announced on Twitter on Friday, referring to the hardware that will accompany the new Oculus Quest and Rift S headsets set to ship this spring.

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Facebook inadvertently placed secret messages such as “Big Brother is Watching” inside tens of thousands of virtual reality ( VR ) controllers . According to Nate Mitchell, Head of VR product at Facebook , the so-called “easter eggs” were intended only for prototype devices but instead found

On Thursday, Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell informed the public via Twitter that tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers have shipped with creepy privacy-related Easter Egg messages hidden on their internal hardware. Crack open one of these controllers and in the device’ s guts you might

"The messages on final production hardware say 'This Space For Rent' & 'The Masons Were Here.' A few dev kits shipped with 'Big Brother is Watching' and 'Hi iFixit! We See You!' but those were limited to non-consumer units," Mitchell wrote. The latter two messages were only in the prototypes shipped to developers.

Facebook's Oculus ships VR controllers with creepy, 'inappropriate' hidden messages© Facebook Oculus Quest

iFixit is a group-sourced online repair manual and parts company that aims to teach consumers to repair their own electronics and reduce waste. The site posts deconstructed consumer electronics equipment whose insides might reveal such hidden text.

"While I appreciate easter eggs," Mitchell tweeted, referring to inside jokes in software and media, "these were inappropriate and should have been removed. The integrity and functionality of the hardware were not compromised, and we've fixed our process so this won't happen again."

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Facebook is certainly dealing with its fair share of privacy snafus at the moment, a number that’ s To be clear, most Oculus users who have a device that includes any of these hidden messages will Still, the fact that Facebook , of all companies, is having to publicly apologize for shipping a product

Thousands of Facebook ’ s Oculus Controllers Set to Ship with Rift S and Quest Will Have Creepy Easter Egg Messages Inside… Nate Mitchell, cofounder of Oculus and head of the VR project at Facebook announced today that there were some accidental “easter eggs” placed in Oculus

The preemptive announcement and apology were released quickly for a company that has been criticized for being slow to react to problems with its products and services.

"This was a process error. The messages were meant as easter eggs for prototypes only and should have been removed pre-production," a Facebook spokesperson wrote to ABC News in an email. She confirmed that the units, which have yet to be shipped, will not be recalled.

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The mistake messages won't be visible in plain sight, the company confirmed.

"The messages are on an internal component of the controller – in other words, they’re inside the hardware," the Facebook spokeswoman wrote. "Thus, you’d have to take apart the controller to see either of the messages that will be on consumer controllers ('This Space for Rent' and 'The Masons were Here')."

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