Facebook just can’t read a room.
Facebook seems to be the master of awkward moments. The company had a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and were showing off their VR Oculus demos.
Those demos include violent games, including one in which players shoot people within a train station. Needless to say, such a short time after the Parkland, Florida school shootings which claimed the lives of 17, the display seemed to be in poor taste. Once people took to social media questioning the social media giant over the demo, the games were pulled.
“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,” Hugo Barra, Facebook’s V.P. of VR said in a statement, “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.”
This isn’t the first time that Facebook has made really poor decisions with their demonstrations. Mark Zuckerberg personally chose to demo VR by taking his cartoon avatar on a tour of the wreckage of Puerto Rico after last year’s disastrous hurricanes.
Source: USA Today