Facebook has removed a virtual reality shooter game demo from a booth it has set up at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, after people drew attention to it online and questioned whether it was appropriate in light of the shooting last week in Parkland, Florida.
An Oculus demonstration featuring violence shouldn't have been offered at the conference, "especially in light of recent events & out of respect for the victims & their families", Barra said. The game was developed by Facebook's Oculus subsidiary.
"We removed the demo & regret failing to do so at the start", the company's vice-president of the virtual-reality division Hugo Barra said on Twitter.
Hardly a week after 17 people were shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the clip caused outrage upon being tweeted and quickly prompted Facebook to take action.
As the students and loved ones of the victims still mourn and the gun control debate is reignited, Facebook's decision to promote a shooting game struck a chord of poor timing. Our demos come with a standard set of content, some action games with violence.
At the conference near Washington, the social media company let CPAC visitors test out its Oculus Rift technology by demoing Bullet Train - a VR game that lets people use an array of imaginary weapons to attack resistance forces at a train station.
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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.
Facebook and Google both have a major presence at the conservative conference this year; Google is a sponsor.
Bullet Train was part of the Facebook exhibit when National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre spoke at CPAC Thursday to angrily blast efforts at greater gun control in the wake of the Florida shootings, calling them efforts to "make you less free".
"Facebook routinely participates in events hosted by organisations across the political spectrum", Facebook said in an statement.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has yet to respond to the backlash.