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Facebook Pulls VR First-Person Shooter from Conservative Political Conference

Facebook Pulls VR First-Person Shooter from Conservative Political Conference

A tone-deaf Facebook finally pulled a controversial shooting virtual reality game demonstration from the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Facebook has admitted it erred in offering a shooting game demonstration at a conference of USA conservatives scarcely a week after a young man used a gun to slaughter 17 people at a Florida high school.

A demo clip of Bullet Train hosted on the Oculus Rift website shows that at least one level in the game involves the player fighting through waves of "resistance forces" in a fairly generic rail station setting.

Yet the optics of the Oculus Rift demo are probably not the most important issue Facebook should be anxious about right now.

Facebook's vice president of virtual reality, Hugo Barra, apologized for the demos of violent virtual reality games including "Bullet Train" during CPAC.

Some were offended by this choice, given the closeness to the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Because of that, Facebook has pulled their VR demo of Bullet Train from their booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "We regret that we failed to do so in the first place", he said in a statement to the Guardian. In light of the current occasions in Florida and keeping in mind the casualties and their families, we have expelled them from this demo.

The company is facing criticism over use of its platform to spread conspiracy theories about the survivors of the shooting.

Many social media users were offended that the shooting game was included at the conservative event, where numerous attendees would be strong 2nd Amendment advocates.

Due to the fact that during CPAC there were several talks on the issue of guns - National Rifle Association (NRA) head Wayne LaPierre, spoke on Thursday with President Trump speaking Friday - Facebook was publicly criticised for demoing the violent videogame and others so soon after the shootings at the conference.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to critics by saying he was attempting to use virtual reality to evoke empathy and raise awareness about the disaster.

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