Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Facebook's latest mishap involves freakish messages printed on Oculus controllers

Facebook's latest mishap involves freakish messages printed on Oculus controllers

But Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell has confirmed that the messages were "accidentally" included in thousands of controllers destined for consumers. Messages like: "Big Brother is Watching" and "This Space for Rent.' As if that wasn't bad enough, it seems that while none of the devices containing the hidden messages have landed in customers" hands yet, they will be as it's apparently too late to stop their shipment. The messages, which Facebook definitely did not intend the public to see, include breezy references to it being an all-knowing surveillance entity watching your every move.

Oculus also recently announced its next-gen VR headset called the Oculus Rift S.

Facebook has accidentally shipped thousands of virtual reality (VR) controllers with "easter egg" messages inscribed on internal components.

'While I appreciate Easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed. Some messages were included in developer kits for people building software for the product, while others made their way into consumer devices in significantly larger numbers. He assured that the integrity and functionality of the controllers themselves weren't compromised and that the company has tuned its process to avoid something like this from ever happening again.

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According to a report from Business Insider, the affected Touch controllers are meant to ship with the upcoming Rift S and Oculus Quest headsets, and are not yet available. Business Insider previously reported that the company restructured its AR-glasses division late past year as it inches closer to launching a commercial product.

"To be clear, no devices have been sold with these messages yet, since Quest and Rift S have not yet shipped", Facebook spokesperson Joanna Peace said. "We think it's important to be transparent with our community and take responsibility when there's an error", she added.

Sure, maybe it's all in good fun, but it could only be amusing if the company making the joke actually took privacy seriously.

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