The metaverse will bring new forms of toxicity and requires new tools

As metavars are adopted, one factor that seems inevitable is toxic behavior. Such behavior is unfortunately now prevalent in online communities. Behaviors will likely lead to metavars, if not always the same. Some experts on online security talked about this topic at GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming’s Into the Metavers 2 event.

The panel included Tiffany Xingyu Wang, Spectrum Labs’ chief strategy and marketing officer; Laura Higgins, director of community security and citizenship at Roblox; And Rachel Franklin SVP of Positive Plays in Electronic Arts. They cover what the toxicity will look like in Metavers and how companies can prevent it.

Wang said that the behavior of Metawars could be potentially bad in Metawars: We are talking about immersion, which will expand the toxic effect. We talk about perseverance, which will lead to momentum or lead time to toxicity. We talk about imaginative self-realization, which will increase exposure to potentially disruptive behaviors.

One factor, all panel members agreed, was that Metavers experiences should be built with safety and positivity in mind. Higgins said, “It’s really difficult to regain safety once things are already exposed. It’s better to start with those things from scratch. People need to talk differently now if they are to create experiences for Metavers. “


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Frankley agreed, and said the tools to defend themselves would be especially important in Metawars. “Not every environment is the same. We don’t want everything to be G-rated… How can we build on what people really support about the app or the community in the game?

One of the problems identified by panel members is that the same tools do not necessarily apply to entire metavers. Higgins pointed out that education would be key. “There is a real opportunity for education and for people to understand … the way we have to self-regulate in the real world – walk into a room and people can see how you act, the way you respond. Communication, body language, for those who have those things. They’re really going to be more real inside Metavers. I think, hopefully, that will hold some people accountable. But they need to be taught that these things are really going to apply now, something they didn’t really have to think about before.

Franklin agreed, adding that education and clear communication can go a long way towards keeping metavars and metavars-related spaces non-toxic: “Sometimes just telling people what the rules or guidelines are, we see a drastic change in behavior. People, in general, don’t want to be scary to each other. “

Wang added, “I think the most encouraging thing is that as we move forward in this new iteration of the web, we get the chance to get it right. 2 Security was a kind of thinking in Web2. As we move into metavers and new infrastructure and experience, this conversation will be very timely. “

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