Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg was fiercely attacked after streaming a live video of him on a virtual reality tour of the hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico which was aimed to promote his new Facebook feature.
The promotion featured 3-D cartoons of Zuckenberg and Head of Social VR Rachel Franklin discussing the new facebook app while footage of the highly flooded Puerto Rico rolled in the background without Zuckerberg identifying the hurricane by name.
Zuckerberg finally bowed to his critics and apologized on Tuesday. He explained that he never meant to offend anybody and the video was only for the purpose of creating awareness and point out what is happening in other parts of the world. A number of critics said that the live-stream tour was abusive and is a setback to tourism.
While the criticism about the live stream continues, Facebook has earned massive applause for its generous donations and assistance to the recovery efforts. The company donated $1.5 million to help support relief work being conducted by World Food Program.