Facebook Quickly Pulled Their VR Shooter From the Conservative Political Action Conference

  • Facebook Quickly Pulled Their VR Shooter From the Conservative Political Action Conference

Facebook Quickly Pulled Their VR Shooter From the Conservative Political Action Conference

Facebook was forced to shelve the demo for Epic Games' futuristic combat-simulation "Bullet Train" at CPAC in Maryland this week after social media got wind of it. Critics say that it was in pretty bad taste, in light of recent events.

Facebook pulled a violent virtual reality game from its stand at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference following a wave of criticism. "These shouldn't have been present, especially in light of recent events & out of respect for the victims & their families". We regret that we failed to do so in the first place. The game was developed by Facebook's Oculus subsidiary.

Facebook responded by removing the game from the booth.

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

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 USA and overseas.

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.

Kira Lerner, a reporter at ThinkProgress, tweeted that Facebook representatives at the booth were instructed not to talk about the conspiracies swirling around the Parkland shooting on Facebook. Users who post conspiracy theories often rabidly engage with others promoting similar ideas, which in numerous instances means the posts are promoted right to the top of Facebook and other sites like YouTube.

"Facebook routinely participates in events hosted by organisations across the political spectrum", Facebook said in an statement. "Our presence allows us to share information about our products as well as facilitate a dialogue in which people can share their views and create content to engage their audiences". 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.