Chet Faliszek is a longtime game developer (he co-wrote the Half-Life and the Portal games) who helped drive Valve's development of the HTC-Vive platform when he was with the company. Chet recently published an important Twitter thread (below) that's especially important today, while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress about the social network's collection and usage of personal data.
FB doesn’t have a Hardware guy in charge of Oculus Hardware – instead, they have Boz – an ad guy, a data guy who recently made thoughts on your value as a FB user very clear. And if you are still confused, FB isn’t a social media company, it is a data tracking company. 3/— Chet Faliszek (@chetfaliszek) April 2, 2018
Equally notable -- Facebook's VR and AR program isn't run by a veteran of virtual reality, but the former director of Facebook's ad program. (Andrew Bosworth, who notoriously wrote an internal Facebook memo saying growth of the social network is justified at all costs.)
Just as important, I would add, is for the VR industry and VR consumers to devote as much scrutiny to Facebook's Oculus as we all are to Facebook's social network.
Read Chet's full thread below or after the break.
So it isn’t just Facebook and what they will do with this data, but this data’s existence is a threat to our privacy and freedom.Facebook has done more than above, there are more scenarios. They have also apologized for the above and yet continue doing many of these things.— Chet Faliszek (@chetfaliszek) April 2, 2018