Facebook ships Oculus Touch controllers with labels like 'Big Brother is Watching'

Gerald Bowen
April 15, 2019

On Thursday, Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell informed the public via Twitter that tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers have shipped with creepy privacy-related Easter egg messages hidden on their internal hardware. Oculus executive Nate Mitchell tweeted that phrases such as "This Space For Rent" and "The Masons Were Here" have been printed on components for "tens of thousands" of Touch controllers. "We See You!", referring to the popular teardown and fix guide website, and the somewhat creepy "Big Brother is Watching".

According to the series of tweets posted on Twitter, Nate explained how these creepy easter eggs message labels meant for internal prototype use actually found its way towards tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers that were shipped although now haven't sold yet.

"While I appreciate Easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed", tweeted Mitchell.

Built on the Rift platform, the new VR headset combines the built-in Oculus Insight tracking technology with the power of PC.

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The handheld devices from the Facebook-owned VR company are being shipped to consumers with hidden messages inside the controllers that say "The Masons Were Here" and "This Space For Rent", the company said.

These messages were intended only for prototypes, but a mistake meant they were included in regular production devices, he said. "We see you!" was also included. A few developer kits shipped with "Big Brother is Watching" and "Hi iFixit! 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.

The easter egg messages are located on the "flex" portion of the Touch controllers, Business Insider reported. Business Insider previously reported that the company restructured its AR-glasses division late a year ago as it inches closer to launching a commercial product. Anyhow, Nate did apologize for this accident, however, there is no calling back since Facebook wouldn't recall these products as they won't hinder with the integrity of the hardware anyhow.

Peace added: "We think it's important to be transparent with our community and take responsibility when there's an error".

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