Meta wants to disconnect its virtual world from Facebook and Instagram. For this reason, there are now Meta Accounts and Meta Horizon Profiles for logging into the Metaverse.
Exactly one year ago, Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg presented the plans for his Metaverse. Now comes the next step: the group has introduced Meta Accounts and Meta Horizon Profiles.
What’s behind the meta accounts?
The meta accounts are being rolled out step by step, according to the company. Still, many users of Meta’s VR headset Quest should have received this message in their mailbox this morning: Meta accounts are available.
You no longer need to log into your Meta VR devices with a Facebook account.
So Facebook accounts have had their day in the world around the Metaverse. The same goes for Instagram accounts as well. With this, users can only log in to the virtual meta world until January 1, 2023.
To register for a meta account, users must first update their Oculus app and VR headset to the latest software. For the rest of the transition, Meta will provide its users with a tutorial.
Meta Horizon profiles are also new
But the meta accounts aren’t the only innovation for Oculus users. Once this step is complete, users can create their Meta Horizon profile. The group wants to replace the previously used Oculus accounts.
Meta wants to bundle everything related to avatars in the Metaverse into these profiles. In the same breath, the company dropped the term “friends” in the Metaverse. In the future, these will be called “followers”, which are very Instagram-like.
Are the new accounts visible to everyone?
There are three different privacy settings for new accounts in the Metaverse. Users can choose between “Open to all”, “Friends and family” and “Solo”.
In solo mode, users then have to actively decide on follower requests – similar to Instagram. This excludes profile picture, avatar, username and display name, among others. These are visible to everyone.
If you skip this selection, you will automatically be placed in the “Friends and Family” setting. For users between the ages of 13 and 17, the Meta Horizon profile is set to private by default.