Published: Mon, February 26, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Facebook pulls virtual reality gun game from Conservative Political Action Conference

Facebook pulls virtual reality gun game from Conservative Political Action Conference

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

Facebook showed a violent virtual reality game demonstration in its kiosk at a conservative political conference near Washington, then removed the demo out of respect for recent school shooting victims in Florida after at least one attendee shared a video of it on Twitter. The game was developed by Facebook's Oculus subsidiary.

The company was criticized for including the game so soon after the mass shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in which 17 people were killed. So the Facebook team swiftly removed the Oculus Rift station from their booth. "We regret that we failed to do so in the first place".

Facebook pulled a violent virtual reality game from its stand at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference following a wave of criticism.

Unfortunately, it would seem that Facebook was oblivious to this fact if its decision to go ahead with the event was anything to judge by.

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.

Facebook and Google both have a noteworthy nearness at the preservationist meeting this year; Google is a support.

In retrospect, this was probably not the best week to show off a virtual reality first-person shooter at a big news-making event, much less one where the National Rifle Association unloaded some fiery rhetoric about gun rights. "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". The real question is why Facebook would demonstrate this kind of a virtual reality experience there - not only for the timing, but also for the way video games are so routinely demonized by the kind of VIPs who attend and speak at the conference.

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