Facebook sees backlash after demoing VR shooter game at conservative event

  • Facebook sees backlash after demoing VR shooter game at conservative event

Facebook sees backlash after demoing VR shooter game at conservative event

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.

"There is a standard arrangement of encounters incorporated into the Oculus demos we include at open occasions", Hugo Barra, Facebook's VP of virtual reality said in an announcement to The Post Friday evening.

Facebook pulled a violent virtual reality game from its stand at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference following a wave of criticism. "We regret that we failed to do so in the first place", he said in a statement to the Guardian.

Facebook removed a virtual reality shooting game demonstration after facing backlash over the timing of showcasing the game one week after the Parkland, Fla., shootings.

But admist the recent tragedy at Douglas High School in Florida, some found the VR experience alarming and distasteful.

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.

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 itself has also come under fire for the rapid spread of conspiracy theories about the Parkland shooting, which as CNN noted migrate from internet underbellies like 4chan onto mainstream social media sites via "conservative pages, alt-right personalities, nationalist blogs and far-right pundits". Some users are spreading the false theory that students who are now acting as activists are paid actors. Facebook said it had expelled every brutal diversion from the demo Friday.

"Our involvement is not an endorsement of any particular position or platform".