You probably know it, to be able to use theOculus Quest 2, it must be linked to your account Facebook. Although the American giant has bought the company Oculus in 2014, until then, its interference with products Oculus was rather low-key. But now, Marc Zuckerberg believes more and more in the benefits of virtual (and augmented) reality in the social relationships of the future and given the radical change in communication (display of From Facebook everywhere, change of the name of the conference Oculus Connect in Facebook Connect, etc.), it seems to have passed the second or even the third. And all of this clearly does not appeal to everyone.
Facebook is perceived by some as evil embodied, and it is entirely their right, since it – to the extent of the law – collects a great deal of information on its users. Governments are also at the cleat on the subject, like Germany and even Europe which is not left out asking Facebook to be more transparent about the management of your data. “If it’s free, you are the product” is the phrase that works best for all social networks, not just this one. Everyone knows this and assumes it by choosing to communicate via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others. But now, the novelty here is that the obligation to have an account Facebook to enjoy his Oculus Quest 2 requires, without alternative, anyone who buys one, to connect to it. It is clearly indicated on the box, there is no hostage taking as we have read elsewhere.
In the end, until this morning, things could therefore be taken with optimism. Indeed, for users who already have an account, this obligation was not really binding. For those without one, it was enough to create one, even without feeding it daily, period. Another more delicate case exists, those who already have an account, but who do not want to bind the headset VR with. The only possible solution then, apart from not buying the Quest 2, is therefore to create an alternative account with real contact details (last name, first name, valid email address), because if you override, in case of verification (request for identity card), you could be banned for “fake account” containing false information. Note, a priori, this action – double counting – seems prohibited by the regulation of Facebook, which may be a concern given what seems to be happening since this morning. In any case, it is ultimately not very useful to create a secondary account since it is possible, if we like, to prevent our contacts from following our travels in virtual reality thanks to the confidentiality settings. And no one is forcing us to post anything.
But now, since this morning, a few messages are blooming on Reddit and social networks to report some cases of strange bans of users, and of their headphones necessarily, of Facebook :
- weavster, for example, explained that he linked his four-year-old Oculus account to a new account with, this time, his real name. The account was closed, he said, within ten minutes. After sending a copy of his identity document, he received a clear and final answer: “We have already examined this decision and it is irrevocable”. He therefore lost all his games purchased since 2016. This information posted on Reddit had over eight hundred comments and caused a wave of paranoia.
- Always on Reddit, user u / no6969el wrote: “Facebook won’t let me use my Quest 2 because he did not let me activate my account and decided it was too old to allow opening any file. So now I just have a Quest 2 which is useless. WTF? Is this how they want to treat their customers? “
- @waidottowai, a Japanese guy, posted a tweet of the same genre: “Oculus Quest 2 happened, so i signed up on facebook to play and it was banned in 0 seconds’ he accompanied bya YouTube video.
These three cases, and there are others, need to be confirmed before they cry foul too quickly, but if they were to be, there would be plenty. That said, for the moment, we have to keep it right and wait for more information on the real causes of their bans. We have sent a request to this effect to the press service of Facebook France in order to have an official response. We are waiting for the answer and we will be sure to let you know. By the way, if this happens to you, come and tell us about it …