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The new ID system introduced by Meta provides users with “more flexibility and control.” The transfer will be gradual.
Meta Platforms Inc (NYSE: META), formerly known as Facebook Inc, has officially launched its new identification system for the metaverse. Called “Meta accounts and Meta Horizon Profiles”, the ID system will make it easier for users to enter the metaverse, as there is no more need to link the company’s virtual reality (VR) devices with the personal accounts of Facebook and Instagram.
The transfer will be gradual. Until now, users had to use their Facebook or Instagram accounts to create a Meta profile. Now, this option will still be available, and if a person chooses to create their Meta account via the mentioned social media they’ll be connected in the Accounts Center, the central hub for connected experiences across Meta.
If a person wants to create a Meta account using an email address, they will have to provide your name and birthday. Notably, there is an age restriction: you must be 13 years old or older (or 14 years old or older in Spain and South Korea) to create a Meta account.
Once the Meta account is created, the next step is to set up your Meta Horizon profile. It will be done by selecting a display name and a unique username, adding a profile picture is also an option.
Speaking of those using Oculus accounts, they will be able to log into their VR device with the existing accounts until January 1, 2023. Afterward, to use a Meta VR device, they will need to create a Meta account and Meta Horizon profile.
More Privacy with Meta ID
Meta uses authentication to protect its service’s endpoints against abusive usage. Besides, Meta uses anonymous credentials to implement de-identified authentication in a highly available core service called Anonymous Credential Service (ACS).
According to the Oculus post, the new ID system introduced by Meta provides users with “more flexibility and control.” It is possible due to the options in privacy settings: Open to Everyone, Friends and Family, and Solo. If you skip selecting your privacy options, Friends and Family will be selected automatically. You can change these settings at any time.
Notably, you will also have the option to set your Meta Horizon profile to private, which means you will review and approve follower requests. If you go for this option, only your followers will be able to see who you follow as well as who follows you. Non-followers will still be able to view your profile picture, avatar, username, display name, follower count, and the number of people you follow.