Zuckerberg sorry for virtual tour of devastated Puerto Rico

Zuckerberg sorry for virtual tour of devastated Puerto Rico
In this May 25, 2017, file photo, Facebook CEO and Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg delivers the commencement address at Harvard University commencement exercises in Cambridge, Mass. Zuckerberg apologized on Oct. 10, 2017, for showcasing Facebook's virtual reality capability with a tour of hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico.(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Mark Zuckerberg has apologized for showcasing Facebook's virtual reality capability with a tour of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

The Facebook founder and another executive discussed the platform's project through avatars in a video recorded live Monday.

The video begins with the avatars pictured on the roof of Facebook's Mountain View, California, headquarters before heading to Puerto Rico by using a 360-degree video recorded by National Public Radio as a backdrop.

Zuckerberg later responded to critics, writing that his goal of showing "how VR can raise awareness and help us see what's happening in different parts of the world" wasn't clear. He says he's sorry to anyone who was offended.

Facebook is also working to restore internet connectivity on the island and has donated money to the relief effort.


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