Mark Zuckerberg is trying as of recently to revive public interest for one of his companies’ most extensive projects, namely Facebook Spaces. The purpose of this app is to encourage digital relationships which the original social media platform does as well. The new network facilitates interactions between remote users in an interactive virtual environment. However, Zuckerberg’s last live video of his VR trip became a controversial matter.
Critics Argued that Zuckerberg Used His VR Trip to Puerto Rico as a Marketing Stunt for Facebook Spaces
On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg posted an apology on Facebook. Due to one of his recent live-streams, he received criticisms of insulting Puerto Rican victims of Hurricane Maria. The disrespectful aspect about this event was placing 3-D cartoons of Mark Zuckerberg and Rachel Franklin in the middle of a flooded city.
The two Facebook members remarked how real it all appears to be. However, their discussion was focused more on the benefits of their new application rather than a homage to Puerto Rico. On top of that, Zuckerberg discussed Facebook’s collaboration with the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in the area. However, he failed to mention which hurricane destroyed the region.
Towards the end of the video, the duo teleported from Puerto Rico to the moon with just a touch of a button. Critics responded to the 9-minute long VR trip aggressively. They believe Zuckerberg took advantage of the sensitive topic that the Puerto Rico condition is right now to pull off a marketing stunt.
Some Facebook Users Were Thankful for Mark Informing the World on the Conditions that Puerto Rico Is Now Confined to
As a result, Mark Zuckerberg publicly apologized on his Facebook profile. He stated that his video was a way to show how today’s technology can still keep people connected even in times of crisis.
Some of the users who watched the video content perceived this message right away. They commented on the live streaming that they are thankful for Mark enabling the entire world to get updated to the latest Puerto Rico status.
“Reading some of the comments, I realize this wasn’t clear, and I’m sorry to anyone this offended.”
This was the second time Zuckerberg had to apologize over the last two weeks. This first time was in connection to the Jewish day of Yom Kippur. He used this holiday to reflect back at what he accomplished. He was sorry for the times when his actions or words divided people instead of uniting them. He also vowed to be better at his job.
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