With Meta planning the future of the digital world via metaverse, people, especially younger ones, will not just get to experience a next-level immersive experience, but will also greatly and more frequently become subject to problems that commonly occur over social media, such as bullying, harassment, and inappropriate content. To prevent these problems, Meta is already ensuring to create a safe environment for people to interact amongst one another.
The company’s latest digital and virtual space, Horizon Worlds, is being updated with a new ‘mature audiences’ content rating process. Users are being prompted to set up content rating for their Horizon Worlds spaces.
The rating would indicate whether the content is appropriate for all ages or for mature users only i.e., aged 18 and above. Meta also warns that in case a user doesn’t apply the setting within the next month, their content would be automatically rated 18+.
To inform users regarding what would be considered as ‘mature’ content, Meta has shared some guidelines. The guidelines suggest that sexually aggressive content, content focused on the promotion of marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, etc., and content that is excessively violent or could shock or disgust users, would be rated as mature.