Facebook accidentally included secret messages inside its Oculus Touch controllers

New Oculus VR controllers accidentally include bizarre hidden messages

Earlier today, Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell made a statement on Twitter regarding several "easter eggs" [sic] intended for prototypes that had accidentally made their way into a production batch of Oculus Touch motion controllers.

The messages on VR units have phrases like "This Space For Rent" and "The Masons Were Here", and some of the developer units have "Hi iFixit!" We See You!' messages as well, but those were limited to non-consumer units according Mitchell.

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

For a company whose name has become synonymous with Big Brother, letting these messages slip through their quality control process probably doesn't help its image-but I'm sure most of us can't help but smile at the irony.

It comes as Facebook attempts to push VR into the mainstream and gears up to launch its long-awaited Oculus Quest, an all-in-one VR headset, in the coming months.

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What just happened? In what was meant to be a little joke between Oculus and their Dev community, Oculus Touch controllers were built with hidden messages inside their casings such as, "The Masons Were Here".

"T$3 hese messages were inside our Touch controllers for the upcoming [Oculus] Quest and Rift S headsets".

However, it seems Oculus noticed the easter eggs had been incorporated into the consumer hardware before it could remove them. 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.

While it's not a particularly critical issue, having "Big Brother Is Watching" engraved onto a Facebook-owned product is ironic considering the company's current battles on data privacy and surveillance.

'To be clear, no devices have been sold with these messages yet, since Quest and Rift S have not yet shipped, ' Johanna Peace, an Oculus representative, told Business Insider.

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