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

Yolanda Curtis
February 25, 2018

Facebook has evacuated a virtual reality shooter amusement demo from a corner it has set up at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, after individuals attracted thoughtfulness regarding it on the web and addressed whether it was fitting in light of the shooting a week ago in Parkland, Florida. Facebook said it had removed all violent games from the demo Friday.

In Bullet Train, created by Epic Games, players fire on "resistance forces" at a train station.

"There is a standard set of experiences included in the Oculus demos we feature at public events". Developed by Epic Games, the experience is now available for free on Facebook's Oculus Rift.


In a statement to USA TODAY, Facebook's vice president of VR, Hugo Barra said: "There is a standard set of experiences included in the Oculus demos we feature at public events".

The vice president of VR at Facebook expressed regret for not getting rid of the shooting game at CPAC sooner.

Facebook representatives at the booth have been instructed to not talk about conspiracies about the Parkland shooting, according to Kira Lerner, a reporter at ThinkProgress. It does not appear to be particularly bloody, though video of CPAC attendees using the game's motion-tracking controls in a vague pantomime of actual shooting probably did not help, either.


This is the same conference that the National Rifle Association shot off an impassioned speech about gun rights, making the tension felt everywhere seem even more prevalent. In light of the current occasions in Florida and keeping in mind the casualties and their families, we have expelled them from this demo.

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. Some users are spreading the false theory that students who are now acting as activists are paid actors. "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 has yet to respond to the backlash.


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