The Menlo Park social media giant, according to website ThinkProgress, had for the second year paid for a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference - the annual right-wing gathering where President Donald Trump on Friday repeated his call to arm teachers in the wake of the Parkland school shooting February 14. In light of the current occasions in Florida and keeping in mind the casualties and their families, we have expelled them from this demo.
"Bullet Train" is developed for the Oculus VR platform by Epic Games.
The social network said it pulled certain games from its CPAC booth upon coming under fire after footage emerged Friday afternoon on Twitter of an attendee playing "Bullet Train", a first-person shooter game that uses its Oculus virtual reality headset.
Facebook's vice president of virtual reality, Hugo Barra, apologized for the demos of violent virtual reality games including "Bullet Train" during CPAC.
"We removed the demo & regret failing to do so at the start. A few of the action games can include violence", he said.
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's presence at the high-profile conservative event has also garnered criticism in light of the rampant spread of conspiracy theories about survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting. Users who post conspiracy theories often rabidly engage with others promoting similar ideas, which in numerous instances means the posts are promoted right to the top of Facebook and other sites like YouTube. Facebook said it had expelled every brutal diversion from the demo Friday. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized a year ago after live streaming a virtual reality tour of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico to promote Facebook's Spaces app.