CFA and Others Urge Meta to Cancel Plans to Lure Young People to Horizon Worlds

36 organizations, including CFA, and 37 individual experts on young people’s development wrote to Meta head Marc Zuckerberg urging him to immediately cancel plans to lure users aged 13 to 17 to Horizon Worlds, and to prohibit minors from using the platform until Meta can demonstrate that engaging in such a continually evolving virtual reality (VR) environment is safe for their wellbeing. The groups said that considering the well-documented negative impacts of 2D social media on young people, Meta must wait for more peer-reviewed research on the potential risks of the Metaverse to be certain that children and teens would be safe in the immersive experience of the Metaverse.