Meta recently conducted a comprehensive investigation into a leak regarding its unannounced VR headsets, which were featured in videos published by YouTube creator, Brad Lynch. In an internal post addressed to Meta employees, CTO Andrew Bosworth shared the findings of the investigation, which revealed that the source of the leak was a third-party contractor who was paid a small sum in exchange for providing materials to Lynch. The individual has since been severed from their relationship with Meta.

According to the report, Lynch was asked to share revenue generated from YouTube ads running on his videos featuring the leaked information. However, the YouTube creator stated that he was not willing to pay a large sum upfront and that he is just a VR enthusiast who enjoys reporting on industry news and developments.

Meta’s decision to share the outcome of the investigation with employees indicates the significant impact that Lynch’s videos had on the company, despite minimal coverage from traditional news outlets. The YouTube channel, “SadlyItsBradley,” has 114,000 subscribers and aims to showcase the best in virtual, mixed, and augmented reality.

Lynch’s videos from last year included detailed CAD drawings and specifications for the Meta Quest Pro and the upcoming Quest 3, which is expected to be released later this year. A spokesperson for Meta declined to comment. Companies typically do not publicly announce the termination of leakers, however, in this case, Meta’s decision to do so highlights the gravity of the situation and the seriousness with which they take such offenses.