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Submission + - Zuckerberg 'Exploited Disaster' in Puerto Rico VR Stunt ( 1

wjcofkc writes: A cartoon version of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited hurricane -ravaged Puerto Rico on Monday in a livestream that was part disaster tourism and part product promotion. While speaking from the comfort of their offices in the company's Menlo Park campus, Facebook's head of social virtual reality Rachel Franklin and Zuckerberg appeared as gleeful avatars in the otherwise tone deaf livestream as they "teleported" to different locations of disaster stricken island.

Mark Zuckerberg, who at one point seemed to forget the name of the hurricane, said during the livestream, "One of the things that's really magical about VR is you can get the feeling you're really in a place," as his avatar floated over scenes of flooding and destruction, at one point giving Rachel a high five.

The Facebook CEO has been labeled a “heartless billionaire” engaging in “voyeuristic tourism” by many Facebook users. Negative comments from Facebook users included: “It’s a little weird that you are using devastation to talk about how cool VR is,” “Is this a joke?,” and “Can’t let a good tragedy go to waste. He has to promote Facebook. Typical. All he talks about [is] Facebook instead of victims and their suffering.”

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Zuckerberg 'Exploited Disaster' in Puerto Rico VR Stunt

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