Oculus accidentally ships out thousands of Oculus Touch controllers with creepy messages

Facebook accidentally shipped 'tens of thousands' of VR controllers with hidden messages like 'Big Brother is Watching' and 'The Masons Were Here'

"Mitchell said the messages were intended to be "'easter egg' labels meant for prototypes", but somehow made it onto final production units.

The messages on VR units have phrases like "This Space For Rent" and "The Masons Were Here", and some of the developer units have "Hi iFixit!"

The mistake messages won't be visible in plain sight, the company confirmed.

Nate added that some of these messages seem "inappropriate" and that it shouldn't have been passed onto consumer products, however, they have rectified the issue and thus, no more products will be printed with such creepy messages.

Facebook accidentally shipped "tens of thousands" of virtual reality (VR) controllers with weird hidden messages, including "Big Brother is Watching" and "The Masons Were Here".

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


No devices with the messages have been purchased yet. Mitchell apologized for the Easter Eggs inside the hardware and says the fact that they made it into production hardware is "inappropriate".

It comes as Facebook attempts to push VR into the mainstream and gears up to launch its long-awaited Oculus Quest, an all-in-one VR headset, in the coming months. 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.

The messages are printed on the "flex", Peace said, "an internal flexible component of the Touch controllers". "We think it's important to be transparent with our community and take responsibility when there's an error", she added. Since the messages are inside on the hardware, you won't see them when using the controllers.

The tweets were reported by Business Insider today making the story public after Mitchell's apology tweet.

It's likely that the "Big Brother" message was most alarming for Facebook, as the social media company has been under heavy scrutiny lately for its practices of collecting personal data, not to mention its many privacy failures.

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