Visitors at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday were encouraged to try a virtual reality, first-person shooting game demonstration on Facebook’s Oculus Rift VT technology. The timing of the games showcasing, only one week after 17 people were killed at a high school in Parkland, Fla., garnered heavy criticism.
From The Hill: Hugo Berra, Facebook’s vice president of virtual reality, apologized in a statement and said that the company would remove the game from its demo.
“There is a standard set of experiences included in the Oculus demos we feature at public events. A few of the action games can include violence,” he said. “In light of the recent events in Florida and out of respect for the victims and their families, we have removed them from this demo. We regret that we failed to do so in the first place.”
Twitter users were not happy with Facebook. They leveled heavy criticism on the social media platform. See som examples below.
Facebook is at CPAC and they have a VR shooting game pic.twitter.com/wmV23jezpN
— Sean Morrow (@snmrrw) February 23, 2018
Unless Facebook is charging CPAC attendees $5 to play & donating that money to gun safety organizations, this might be one demo to pull given circumstances… https://t.co/SLcIUINwzX
— 👨🏻💻☕🗽 (@hunterwalk) February 23, 2018
That level of tone-deafness is stupefying
— Adam Besvinick (@Besvinick) February 23, 2018
— Recite Social (@ReciteSocial) February 23, 2018
Speechless, incredibly clueless.
— Jim Christie (@jamechristie) February 23, 2018
@facebook what’s up with the VR shooting game at CPAC? Why are you there in the first place? Shooter game this week? WTF???
— Nasty Woman (@kkargoll) February 23, 2018