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How trustworthy is the metaverse?
By Nigel Morris-Cotterill  |  Apr 28, 2023
How trustworthy is the metaverse?
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This is the second in a series of articles titled Life and Crime in the Metaverse. Contrary to popular belief, creating a metaverse takes just a few minutes, costs just a few dollars, and can be done almost without technical skills, so criminals are bound to take advantage.

Location: No one knows, and very few can find out.

Part one of this series, the Introduction, examined why so many people tend to believe what they see on a computer screen. Things are much more complicated than were implied even in that article, and this subject will be revisited later.

This installment will look at how trustworthy the metaverse is. First of all, one should be clear that there is no single metaverse. The number of metaverses is determined only by the willingness of people to create them. Why? Because no matter how it is dressed up, the metaverse is nothing more than a website. This may seem difficult to believe, but it is the truth.

One can create one’s own metaverse for the price of some hosting - maybe USD20 per year, and often less - and a domain name, which costs roughly USD15 per year, sometimes less.

Of course, a website is no use at all if someone visits it and gets redirected to a ‘coming soon’ page installed by the hosting company. This means that one needs content for one’s website. This can be a bit more expensive, especially for those without the necessary technical expertise. Still, just as some companies provide a build-your-own-website toolkit, others offer a build-your-own-metaverse toolkit. Some of these are new, while others are spinoffs from online game companies. This is perfectly

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