Facebook said it removed the display at the Conservative Political Action Conference "out of respect" for victims of a recent school shooting in Florida.
The company let visitors at Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday test its Oculus Rift VR technology which included a first-person shooter video game.
FACEBOOK has pulled a virtual reality gun game from a major U.S. conservative political gathering, saying the demo was a mistake given the recent deadly school shooting in Florida.More news: Haley: Trump's peace plan is nearly ready
Facebook-owned Oculus shows off virtual reality games routinely at conferences, and the shooting content was among standard offerings, including action games with violence, according to Barra.
The Bullet Train demonstration drew criticism, including a tweet from prominent Bay Area venture capitalist Hunter Walk, who suggested that unless Facebook were charging people to play and donating the proceeds to gun-safety groups, it should pull the game.
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The event has been dominated by discussions over gun control following a school shooting that left 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida, last week. "These shouldn't have been present, especially in light of recent events & out of respect for the victims & their families".
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.
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. "We removed the demo & regret failing to do so at the start".More news: China releases report outlining trade with North Korea
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.