Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for that awkward VR tour of Puerto Rico

Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for that awkward VR tour of Puerto Rico

The Facebook boss appeared as a cartoonish avatar in a video made through the VR app Spaces to explain how the social media giant was using artificial intelligence technologies and satellite images to help deliver aid in Puerto Rico.

At least 43 people died when Hurricane Maria struck the island last month and millions of people are still homeless or without essentials. It will also ship with a controller that users can hold in one hand, to point, poke or otherwise interact with the environment around them. "Rachel and I aren't even in the same building in the physical world, but it feels like we're in the same place and can make eye contact", Zuckerberg said before sharing a high-five with Franklin with the devastated Puerto Rican homes in the background.

It is not the first time the young tycoon has misread the public mood.

One critic said it was the 'height of tastelessness', while another said Mr Zuckerberg 'should be ashamed'.

Most of the announcements during today's Oculus Connect 4 event involved having a screen strapped to your face.

He's also been on a literal journey, with a mission to visit every US state this year. The two demonstrated Facebook's VR tool Spaces and discussed the social network's partnership with NetHope and the American Red Cross. This language frames the apology as insincere.

Commenting under the video of the livestream on Facebook, Zuckerberg said, "My goal here was to show how VR can raise awareness and help us see what's happening in different parts of the world".

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But the livestream often felt awkward at best. Is billionaire Peter Thiel, with his connections to the alt-right, a fit and proper person to serve on Facebook's board? Setting a $200 price for a headset that doesn't require any additional equipment, however, is a new landmark for the industry. Aside from the money Facebook is offering, the company is also lending its AI-assisted maps to the local government.

Since then his vision of a company connecting the world has come true, and his business brain has out-thought all of his rivals and detractors.

As the Washington Post reports, Zuckerberg apologized via a short Facebook comment underneath the original video he posted. He wrote in a comment on his post, "Reading some of the comments, I realize this wasn't clear, and I'm sorry to anyone this offended".