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Last month, an Instagram user with the handle @metaverse got stuck on her account, which featured a decade of her life and work – after parent company Facebook changed her name to Meta.

On October 28, Instagram, owner of Facebook, retained the name of the social media platform Facebook, but changed its corporate name to Meta – signaling an effort to reflect the virtual world the tech giant sees as the future of the Internet.

On November 2, Thea-Mai Baumann, an Australian artist and technologist, suddenly found her account disabled, The New York Times first reported.

A message flashed on her screen: “Your account has been blocked for pretending to be someone else.”

Baumann said she tried to verify her identity with Instagram over the next few weeks, but received no response.

“This account is a decade of my life and my work. I didn’t want my contribution to the metaverse to be wiped off the internet, ”Baumann told the outlet.

“It happens to women in tech, women of color in tech, all the time,” added the Vietnamese-born artist.

Baumann set up her Instagram account in 2012 to document her life as an arts student in Brisbane and the augmented reality company she then created called Metaverse Makeovers.

According to its website, describing portable “apps”, the company’s Metaverse Nails offering “is the only product in the world that allows you to adorn your digital and physical self with customizable holograms. It is glamorous wearable technology.

A month after Baumann first took to Instagram to restore his account, The New York Times contacted Meta on December 2 to ask why Baumann’s account was closed. According to an Instagram spokesperson, the account was “wrongly deleted for impersonation” and would be restored, which it did, two days later.

“We are sorry this error has occurred,” the company added.

Although she has recovered her account, Baumann remains concerned about the future of the Metaverse, a still mostly hypothetical virtual world accessible through special virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology.

“Because I’ve been working in the metaverse space for so long, 10 years, I just feel worried.”

She is afraid her culture will be “corrupted by the kind of Silicon Valley techies who I think lack vision and integrity,” she said.

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