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posted by martyb on Wednesday August 19 2020, @10:12AM   Printer-friendly
from the all-the-better-to-track-you-with dept.

Mandatory Socialization: Facebook Accounts To be Required for Oculus Headsets

Signaling the end to any remaining degrees of separation between Facebook and its VR headset division, Oculus, today the social media company announced that it will be further integrating the two services. Coming this fall, the company will begin sunsetting stand-alone Oculus accounts as part of an effort to transition the entire Oculus ecosystem over to Facebook. This will start in October, when all new Oculus accounts and devices will have to sign up for a Facebook account, while support for existing stand-alone accounts will be retired entirely at the start of 2023.

Previously: Facebook to Buy Rift Maker Oculus VR for $2bn
Facebook/Oculus Ordered to pay $500 Million to ZeniMax
Founder of Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey, Departs Facebook
Facebook Announces Oculus Go for $200
Facebook's Zuckerberg Wants to Get One Billion People in VR
Facebook Launches Oculus Go, a $200 Standalone VR Headset
Oculus Co-Founder Says there is No Market for VR Gaming
John Carmack Steps Down at Oculus to Pursue AI Passion Project
Facebook is Developing its Own OS to Reduce Dependence on Android


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  • (Score: 2) by everdred on Wednesday August 19 2020, @05:10PM (11 children)

    by everdred (110) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday August 19 2020, @05:10PM (#1038899) Homepage Journal

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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday August 19 2020, @05:20PM (10 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday August 19 2020, @05:20PM (#1038903) Journal

    <no-sarcasm>
    Seriously. That.

    Imagine the entire world population being required to have some form of social media account. A life where it has gradually become inescapable. Everyone owns something that requires a social media account.

    Governments will love it. Imagine the top down control it would provide for America China. Not only would people experience social shaming, but all their devices and goodies could be deactivated.
    </no-sarcasm>

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    • (Score: 4, Informative) by DannyB on Wednesday August 19 2020, @05:23PM (8 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday August 19 2020, @05:23PM (#1038905) Journal

      <no-sarcasm>
      One more thought. It's not really government control. It's private industry. One more reason government would love it. They can claim to the citizens that government isn't doing this, yet being able to twist the arms of private industry to punish people.

      There is also the micro tracking of people's activities, even within their own homes, cars and private spaces.
      </no-sarcasm>

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 19 2020, @06:44PM (1 child)

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        • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday August 20 2020, @01:50PM

          by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 20 2020, @01:50PM (#1039353) Journal

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      • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Thursday August 20 2020, @01:12PM (5 children)

        by PiMuNu (3823) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 20 2020, @01:12PM (#1039336)

        Why bother to include the government? No new legislation is needed to create this dystopia in most nations.

        • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday August 20 2020, @01:52PM (4 children)

          by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 20 2020, @01:52PM (#1039355) Journal

          The beauty is no legislation is needed. Government has deniability. Government and industry would collude to create the dystopia. Possibly the big internet players would be nationalized for the common good of all comrades.

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          • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Thursday August 20 2020, @03:02PM (3 children)

            by PiMuNu (3823) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 20 2020, @03:02PM (#1039375)

            > Government and industry would collude to create the dystopia
            > nationalized

            You miss my point, it is quite important. Government does not need to collude so a "Small Government" approach will yield the dystopia.

            • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday August 20 2020, @04:45PM (2 children)

              by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 20 2020, @04:45PM (#1039425) Journal

              I think I get it. Government can be hands off. Let the dystopia happen.

              I just don't think that government can resist trying to get in on the action of a dystopia once it happens. Especially the "small government" crowd. And especially a permanent global dystopia. That would just be too good to be true.

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              • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Thursday August 20 2020, @05:07PM (1 child)

                by PiMuNu (3823) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 20 2020, @05:07PM (#1039443)

                > Especially the "small government" crowd.

                That's the point - if one were to support the "small government" politic, then you end up in the dystopia.

                "Interventionalist government" is one of the few ways out of the dystopia.

                • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 20 2020, @06:06PM

                  by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 20 2020, @06:06PM (#1039481)

                  How in the hell does that work?
                  The way I see it, interventionist governments are how we got into this mess globally. Regulatory capture to is too strong for any kind of "internal" intervention.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 19 2020, @11:38PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 19 2020, @11:38PM (#1039107)

      Imagine?

      This is life in China.

      Fan Bingbing had a social score of zero. Her bank accounts were drained.

      No need to imagine.