Facebook's Oculus ships VR controllers with creepy, 'inappropriate' hidden messages

Ruben Fields
April 14, 2019

Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell revealed the news on Twitter yesterday, noting that "The Masons Were Here" was another phrase used that accidentally made it into the controllers. "The so-called easter eggs include "This Space For Rent","?Big Brother is Watching?", "Hi iFixit!

Oculus' co-founder Nate Mitchell has said on Twitter that tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers shipped with freakish Easter Egg messages hidden inside on internal hardware that are privacy related.

Other hidden messages, placed onto hardware inside the controllers, included "Hi iFixit!"

"While I appreciate easter eggs", Mitchell tweeted, referring to inside jokes in software and media, "these were inappropriate and should have been removed". 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.

Facebook has accidentally printed several freaky phrases onto its touch controllers that are a part of the company's Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S VR headsets. "The messages were meant as easter eggs for prototypes only and should have been removed pre-production", a Facebook spokesperson wrote to ABC News in an email.

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No devices with the messages have been purchased yet.

'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.

Even still, Facebook representative Johanna Peace said affected units would not be recalled once they're shipped, which makes plenty of sense seeing as those messages won't affect how the product performs at all. These messages are only printed on components inside the controllers, so users won't see them unless they decide to crack open the hardware. "We think it's important to be transparent with our community and take responsibility when there's an error", she added.

However, many pointed out that even though the company is being upfront about the issue, shipping thousands of devices with jokes about privacy doesn't help Facebook's already tarnished image.

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