Was Mark Zuckerberg's Virtual Reality Tour Of Ravaged Puerto Rico Really Tasteless?

Image Screengrab via Facebook

Image Screengrab via Facebook

"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", said Zuckerberg, before sharing what must be one of the most inappropriate high-fives of all time with Franklin, as their avatars stood in front of a flooded home.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg showcased his company's virtual reality (VR) system Monday by conducting a live-stream tour of Puerto Rico, a USA territory recently ravaged by Hurricane Maria. "One of the things that's really magical about VR is you can get the feeling 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 USA territory, where citizens are still struggling to access clean water, electricity and other necessities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. You can change the background of the world you're chatting in (which the company calls "teleporting" to somewhere else), and to show off this functionality, Zuckerberg and Rubin headed to Puerto Rico, which is still reeling from the effects of hurricane Maria.

The Puerto Rico locations that Zuckerberg chose for showcasing Facebook Spaces capabilities was a little freakish.

"Because when you are in the middle of a disaster like this it is really important that people have access to the internet, both so people can connect with friends and their family outside the disaster zone to tell them they are okay, and tell them what's going on but it is also important when relief workers go down there that they can coordinate with each other and know where people need help", he added.

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The demo was viewed by many on social media as opportunistic and out of touch. The tech giant is using artificial intelligence and satellite imagery to help pinpoint areas of the island most in need of assistance.

Facebook's CEO discussed his company's efforts to aid relief through donations and sharing data with Red Cross.

Despite the value of 'safety check, ' it only works if people are connected to the internet. However, Community Help feature would help to organize aid efforts in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The team will help to increase coordination in relief efforts.

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