• Issue
  • Jan 01, 2022

News: Meta Morphing

On November 2, Sydney-based artist Thea-Mai Baumann found herself blocked from the Instagram account she had used for nine years, @metaverse. Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, had renamed itself Meta just five days prior as part of its plan to expand into the “metaverse” and had deemed hers an imposter account. Following a New York Times investigation, Instagram gave Baumann back her handle, but her temporary ejection raised concerns about the unchecked power of social-media companies given free reign over content on their platforms thanks to Section 230 of the United States’ Communications Decency Act. One has to wonder how the metaverse is actually conditioned for the diversity its proponents purport to value.