Facebook expresses regret over virtual reality shooting game promotion

  • Facebook expresses regret over virtual reality shooting game promotion

Facebook expresses regret over virtual reality shooting game promotion

The social media company, which has since removed the demonstration game and expressed "regret", was already facing scrutiny for attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a high-profile event that featured speeches attacking gun control advocates and a renewed call from Donald Trump to arm school teachers.

Developed by Epic Games, the experience is now available for free on Facebook's Oculus Rift.

"Our demos come w [ith] a standard set of content, some are action games w [ith] violence", Barra added.

Facebook has recently been criticized from all corners about the role it plays in public discourse and how it addresses those problems.

At last year's annual Oculus Connect developers' conference, Zuckerberg set an ambitious goal of getting 1 billion people to use virtual reality and said he wants to ensure the technology is "a force for good".

With the recent shootings at a high school in Parkland, Florida, the issue of gun ownership and gun violence has once again dominated the news in both the U.S. and overseas.

Irate social media users had sounded off against Facebook after footage of the CPAC demo was first tweeted Friday by NowThisNews reporter Sean Morrow. Some users are spreading the false theory that students who are now acting as activists are paid actors.

In retrospect, this was probably not the best week to show off a virtual reality first-person shooter at a big news-making event, much less one where the National Rifle Association unloaded some fiery rhetoric about gun rights.

"Facebook routinely participates in events hosted by organisations across the political spectrum", Facebook said in an statement.

"Our involvement is not an endorsement of any particular position or platform". Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized past year after live streaming a virtual reality tour of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico to promote Facebook's Spaces app.