Oculus "accidentally" puts privacy-focused jokes on thousands of Touch controllers

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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.

According to Nate Mitchell, Head of VR product at Facebook, the so-called "easter eggs" were intended only for prototype devices but instead found their way into consumer models.

These messages were intended only for prototypes, he said - but a mistake meant they were included in regular production devices.

Other phrases include "Hi iFixit!"

Crack open one of these controllers and in the device's guts you might find a message like "The Masons were here" inscribed on a cable. A few developer kits shipped with "Big Brother is Watching" and "Hi iFixit!"

IFixit is a group-sourced online fix manual and parts company that aims to teach consumers to fix their own electronics and reduce waste. We See You!' as well as the message about 'Big Brother.' While I appreciate easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed. He also said that Oculus has fixed the production process to make sure this doesn't happen again. "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". "We think it's important to be transparent with our community and take responsibility when there's an error".

"T$3 hese messages were inside our Touch controllers for the upcoming [Oculus] Quest and Rift S headsets". If you have one of the newer editions of the Oculus Touch, it might be worth checking to see if there is a message waiting for you.

A Facebook spokesperson told the Verge that the easter eggs were hidden on the Touch controllers for the yet-to-be-released Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest, not the original Oculus Touch controllers that shipped in 2016.

Facebook is also quietly developing augmented-reality technology.

Business Insider was the first to report on the tweets.

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