Zuckerberg promotes VR with footage of disaster-stricken Puerto Rico

Alex Jenkins tweeted'Oof. The Facebook promotional event exploiting Puerto Rico as VR disaster porn is...not a good look. Adult leadership needed stat

Zuckerberg promotes VR with footage of disaster-stricken Puerto Rico

While cars inched by on flooded bridges and men huddled drinking bottled water, Zuckerberg and Rubin floated eerily in front of them, smiling and untouched by the misery surrounding them.

Mark Zuckerberg in outer space.

IDIOT, BUT RICH IDIOT, Mark Zuckerberg has made a decision to "tour" flooded Puerto Rico as a virtual reality (VR) cartoon and talk about what an exciting time it is. During the video, Zuckerberg said "One of the things that's really magical about virtual reality is you can get the feeling that you're really in a place". The live-stream saw Zuckerberg and Rachel Franklin, head of social VR at Facebook, represented as cartoon avatars in flooded areas of the United States territory, where citizens are still struggling to access clean water, electricity and other necessities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. "You know, it feels like we're really here in Puerto Rico, where it's obviously a tough place to get into now, and a lot of people are really suffering with the aftermath of the hurricanes". The smile on Zuckerberg's cartoon avatar as he spoke of the devastation and the work his company has done to help Puerto Ricans check in with loved ones, and to aid in reconnecting the country, completely undercut the gravity of the situation. They later visited the virtual moon, but not until a technical glitch interrupted transmissions and kicked them back into reality for a while.

Zuckerberg explained how his social media conglomerate implements safety measures and features during natural disasters like the most recent hurricanes affecting Houston, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands. Zuckerberg stated that "population maps" have been drawn up with the help of artificial intelligence, showing the satellite imagery and the places where the individuals are living who need help.

Facebook's CEO discussed his company's efforts to aid relief through donations and sharing data with Red Cross. The team will help to increase coordination in relief efforts.

Needless to say, many weren't happy with the use of disaster relief to sell a product.

On Monday, Zuckerberg live-streamed a virtual reality video of his 3D cartoon self-along with Facebook's head of social VR Rachel Franklin-"touring" Puerto Rico, which was hit by a Category 4 hurricane in September.

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