A claim from a certain Oculus user whose deleted Facebook account is linked to an Oculus accessory is setting a warning to those who are thinking of deleting their social media account.
“Deleting your Facebook account will also delete your Oculus information. This includes your app purchases and achievements. You will no longer be able to return any apps and will lose any existing store credits.”
The implication is bound to ruffle some feathers. Especially those who simply wish to opt-out from the social media platform and not the VR experience. The latter of which seemingly posing as a great loss to the user, considering the financial investments put for the experience.
Only affecting tied accounts
Although truly concerning, it appears that there is also a caveat to the issue.
In a report by UploadVR, it says that those whose Facebook accounts and Oculus accounts are separate don’t encounter a similar issue. Suggesting that those whose accounts are not linked can freely delete their social media account without a similar repercussion.
Facebook has recently imposed a rule, effective this month, that requires Oculus headset users to have a Facebook account. Even extending to the freshly release Oculus Quest 2.
However, Oculus users also need not have to adopt the newly mandated rule in a snap. Existing users will still have until Jan. 1, 2023, to make the shift, by which they would be reminded as the date nears.
Well, I guess then from January 1 2023 I won’t be using any @oculus products. Not a good idea to force VR folks to get and share Facebook accounts. Hope many will decide to give up this platform as this is not an ethical procedure. @FBoversight #DeleteFacebook pic.twitter.com/j1bYygstpn
— Ana Brzezińska (@anapetersdottir) October 18, 2020
A different issue
Meanwhile, many users are also reporting an issue whereby they are unable to link their Facebook account to their headset. A problem that is seemingly present among users who created a dedicated account specifically for Oculus use. But with the required credentials to use the Oculus headset not established, said owners are unable to use their rather expensive peripherals.
In light of the issue, Facebook reminds every one of the terms and conditions in place. Pointing to the fact that there’s sanction to those who would choose to violate the social media platform’s rules. Particularly, those who make use of a pseudonym instead of a real name, among others, are subject to a penalty. One that will prevent them from access to the VR service.
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