Facebook apologized for the demos of violent shooter games at CPAC after the shootings at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead. Gaming fans wearing VR goggles play “Echo Arena” from Oculus at the E3 conference in Los Angeles.

(Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN, AFP/Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook pulled violent virtual reality games, including one in which players pretend to shoot people in a train station, from its booth at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference  after public criticism. Facebook’s vice president of virtual reality, Hugo Barra, apologized for the demos of violent virtual reality games including “Bullet Train” during CPAC.

Criticism grew on social media of the shooter game demo coming so soon after the shootings at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead. “There is a standard set of experiences included in the Oculus demos we feature at public events.

A few of the action games can include violence. 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.

We regret that we failed to do so in the first place,” Barra said in an emailed statement to USA TODAY. Read more from usatoday.com…

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