“BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING”: FACEBOOK ‘ACCIDENTALLY’ INCLUDES SECRET ORWELLIAN MESSAGES ON VR CONTROLLERS
Misstep or marketing campaign?
Tens of thousands of Facebook Oculus virtual reality (VR) controllers contain bizarre ‘hidden’ inscriptions warning that “Big Brother is Watching” and “The Masons Were Here” among other things ominous messages, according to Business Insider.
According to Nate Mitchell, cofounder of Facebook-owned VR organization Oculus, the messages were “easter eggs” which were only meant for prototypes.
Unfortunately, some “easter egg” labels meant for prototypes accidentally made it onto the internal hardware for tens of thousands of Touch controllers. [1/3]
— Nate Mitchell (@natemitchell) April 12, 2019
Mitchell added “While I appreciate easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed.”
And while the affected units haven’t shipped yet, Facebook spokeswoman Joanna Peace told Business Insider that they will ultimately go out to consumers with the hidden messages inside.
Oculus Touch controllers
“To be clear, no devices have been sold with these messages yet, since Quest and Rift S have not yet shipped. That said, as mentioned in Nate’s tweet, the messages will be inside tens of thousands of controller pairs that will ship to consumers when Quest and Rift S ship,” wrote Facebook in an email – which kind of makes this look like a giant advertising stunt.