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Facebook accidentally included secret messages inside its Oculus Touch controllers

14 April 2019

Mitchell's statement goes on to apologise for these Easter eggs slipping past the prototype phase and into production, calling them "inappropriate" and saying their internal processes have been changed to avoid this happening again.

"The messages on final production hardware say "This Space For Rent" & "The Masons Were Here.' A few dev kits shipped with 'Big Brother is Watching" and 'Hi iFixit!" Mitchell confirmed via Twitter that this was meant to be a joke included only in the prototypes.

In an odd turn of events, Facebook accidentally allowed "easter egg" messages from prototype Oculus Touch controllers to be printed on "tens of thousands" of consumer models.

Other hidden messages, placed onto hardware inside the controllers, included "Hi iFixit!"

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Mitchell added: "While I appreciate easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed".

No devices with the messages have been purchased yet. Supposedly, these won't appear in any consumer devices.

Even still, Facebook representative Johanna Peace said affected units would not be recalled once they're shipped, which makes plenty of sense seeing as those messages won't affect how the product performs at all.

Oculus also recently announced its next-gen VR headset called the Oculus Rift S. "That said, as mentioned in Nate's tweet, the messages will be inside tens of thousands of controller pairs that will ship to consumers when Quest and Rift S ship".

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'We think it's important to be transparent with our community and take responsibility when there's an error, ' she added. Still, the fact that Facebook, of all companies, is having to publicly apologize for shipping a product with secret messages like the one touting Big Brother - I mean, Facebook itself is already seen in the minds of some people as an all-seeing Big Brother, with a ravenous appetite for all of the data on users that it can possibly hoover up.

Facebook is also quietly developing augmented-reality technology.

The tweets were reported by Business Insider today making the story public after Mitchell's apology tweet.

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