Explaining Meta Accounts for Horizon Workrooms

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July 7, 2022
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Today, we announced Meta accounts, a new way for people to log into their VR headsets that doesn’t require a Facebook account. We’ll roll out Meta accounts in August 2022, giving you a new way to log into your Meta VR devices and access products like Horizon Workrooms.

With Meta accounts, you’ll no longer be required to log into your headset with a Facebook account. You can use an email address to sign up for a Meta account, which gives you the option to keep Facebook and Instagram profiles separate from work. With a new Meta account, you’ll be able to join a Workrooms meeting without needing to pair your device. You’ll also be able to see all your workrooms in one place, even if you belong to multiple Workrooms teams today.

What Happens Next?

Starting in August 2022, you’ll be signed out of Workrooms on Meta Quest and asked to create a Meta account to log back in. In Workrooms, we’ll guide you through the process and help migrate your existing workrooms and any associated files to your new account in a few easy steps. You’ll have until November 30, 2022 to complete this migration, though we recommend migrating early to ensure you don’t lose access to any of your accounts or associated data.

After you finish creating a Meta account, you’ll be prompted to create a Meta Horizon profile, which replaces your Oculus profile. Your Meta Horizon profile is your social profile in VR and other surfaces, like the web. You can customize how you appear to others by choosing your Meta Horizon profile username that’s unique to you (e.g. MoniqueSmith365), the profile name that will be displayed to others (e.g. Monique Smith), your profile picture, avatar, and more. In Workrooms, your Meta Horizon profile name won’t be directly pulled from your profile, so you have the flexibility to set a different name for work purposes if you choose to do so.

Safety and Privacy

When you choose to collaborate with your coworkers in Workrooms, you should be in control of your experience, which is why we built Workrooms with privacy and safety in mind and the commitments we’ve previously made have not changed.

Workrooms won’t use your work conversations and materials to inform ads on Facebook. While the audio contents of your meeting are processed on Meta servers, they’re not stored unless someone records and sends us a clip as part of filing a report. In this case, we’ll use the information to take appropriate action and then delete the recordings. Finally, Passthrough processes images and videos of your physical environment from the device sensors locally. Meta and third-party apps don’t access, view, or use these images or videos to target ads. Other people are unable to see your computer screen in Workrooms unless you choose to share it, and the permissions you grant for the Oculus Remote Desktop app are only used for the purposes of allowing streaming from your computer to your headset.

In addition to helping keep your information secure, we want everyone to feel safe while collaborating in Workrooms. That’s why anyone who signs up for Workrooms must agree to follow our Conduct in VR Policy. If other members or content in the workroom violate this policy, you can always contact the workroom’s admin who can take action such as removing someone from the workroom. You can also report the workroom if you think it’s not following our policies. And if you’re in VR with people who are making you uncomfortable, you can report them using our reporting tools and include evidence for us to review.

We’re committed to ensuring our VR work tools, including Workrooms, provide a safe and secure space to collaborate, and we’ll continue taking steps to protect your data and how it’s used to deliver immersive VR experiences.

Planning Ahead

While Meta accounts will let you easily access your VR headset and apps like Workrooms without requiring a Facebook account, this is just the beginning. In the future, we’ll roll out Work Accounts on Meta VR devices and Workrooms, enabling businesses to create separate work accounts for employees and deploy and manage devices at the admin level. Businesses will be able to manage these accounts on behalf of their employees and have access to enterprise-grade features like single sign-on integrations, giving them more control over the security of their employees’ accounts. We’re looking to expand availability next year, so stay tuned!

For more information on today’s news, visit our blog post.