One of the most prominent open questions around the metaverse is how users are kept safe from unwanted attention, abuse or simply anti-social behaviour.
It’s a topic Meta has been looking to address via functionality in its own metaverse applications, and Voice Mode is the latest feature-drop helping in this space.
The new Voice Mode setting helps users more precisely control how they can hear the voices of other people in the world.
With ‘Garbled Voices’ enabled, strangers will see an indicator that you can’t hear them when they’re speaking. This means you don’t have to listen to them if you don’t want to, but they also don’t feel like you’re just ignoring them. If, however, you do want to hear what they’re saying, simply raise one hand with the controller to your ear and you can temporarily ‘un-garble’ them and hear what they’re saying, without having to add them as a friend.
This is another piece of the puzzle to help enable a safe and inclusive Horizon Worlds experience. It’s great to see Meta dropping new safety features into the platform with regularity.