Facebook Pulls VR First-Person Shooter from Conservative Political Conference

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Facebook on Friday removed a shooting game and other violent titles from a virtual-reality demonstration on display in its booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) amid facing criticism given last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. "In light of the recent events in Florida and out of respect for the victims and their families, we have removed them from this demo".

The experience comes from Epic Games and is now available for free on Facebook's Oculus Rift.

But the optics were bad: It's been just over a week since the horrifying mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 dead.

Facebook, which has been criticized by some for giving money to CPAC, faced backlash Friday when video emerged of its Oculus demo game that appeared to involve rapid-fire shooting. "A few of the action games can include violence", he said. "We regret that we failed to do so in the first place", Facebook's VP of VR Hugo Barra said in an emailed statement to Mashable.

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.

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Facebook and Google both have a major presence at the conservative conference this year; Google is a sponsor. Some users are spreading the false theory that students who are now acting as activists are paid actors.

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 said it had expelled every brutal diversion from the demo Friday.

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

Visitors could try their hand at Bullet Train, a game for Facebook's Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset that has been described by reviewers as "ultra-violent".

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