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Zuckerberg apologizes for his tone-deaf VR cartoon tour of Puerto Rico devastation

Zuckerberg apologizes for his tone-deaf VR cartoon tour of Puerto Rico devastation
From TechCrunch - October 10, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg is apologizing today after his Facebook Live video discussing his companys efforts to aid Puerto Ricos recovery raised some serious eyebrows.

Yesterday, Zuckerberg used the companys VR app Spaces to tour through an NPR-produced 360 video of Puerto Rico. Zucks cartoon avatar pointed attention to various features of Puerto Ricos destruction while another Facebook executive remarked its crazy to feel like youre in the middle of it.

The video induced quite a few cringes as the tech billionaire visited Puerto Ricos destruction inside virtual reality as a cartoon.

Do you want to teleport somewhere else? Zuckerbergs VR avatar asked as he wrapped up his conversation about Puerto Rico. Yeah maybe back to California? another executive answered.

Zuckerberg reacted to some of the backlash in a reply to a Facebook comment on the video.

One of the most powerful features of VR is empathy. My goal here was to show how VR can raise awareness and help us see whats happening in different parts of the world. I also wanted to share the news of our partnership with the Red Cross to help with the recovery. Reading some of the comments, I realize this wasnt clear, and Im sorry to anyone this offended.

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