A Bad Little Birdy : Twitter Mishaps

Mairead Doyle

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Twitter was created in 2004 by Jack Dorsey , Evan williams Biz Stone and Noah Glass. Its aim was to allow people to personally ‘tweet’ their thoughts, actions, or basically whatever they felt necessary within 140 characters. As it has taken off during the years we have seen thousands of people use it in such positive ways. But what about those negative side effects that we don’t always hear about … It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for all Twitter users. Here is a few examples…

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One of the world famous twitter logos

 

 

Just this week the NYPD launched a social media campaign inviting members of the public to tweet a photo of themselves with a member of the NYPD hashtagging the words myNYPD. The aim of the campaign was to launch encourage a friendlier environment with the public and the NYPD.

 

 

Instead, people began tweeting pictures of police aggression and using the hashtag #my NYPD. The hashtag was then trending on twitter by the end of the week. NYPD issued a statement in response to the backfire saying  “The NYPD is creating new ways to communicate effectively with the community. Twitter provides an open forum for an uncensored exchange and this is an open dialogue good for our city.”

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Some of the photographs uploaded via twitter of the NYPD aggression, Photo Credit Twitter

 

 

Another incident of a twitter mishap happened just last week when a 14- year-old Dutch girl tweeted to American Airlines implying she may mean harm to a flight in June. Stating “@AmericanAir hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye”. The young  girl then received a reply from the airlines who quickly informed her that her threat would be taken very seriously “Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to the security and the FBI.”

 

The young girls tweet was removed but she was then arrested after the careless tweet. Rotterdam police confirmed she was released “pending further enquiries” however I don’t think she will be back on twitter any time soon.

The young girls tweet that caused such contraversy, Photo Credit: Twitter

 

American Airlines stern reply to the 14-year-old girl, Photo Credit: Twitter

 

Another airline company had a twitter slip up when instead of “marking as inappropriate” they attached an explicit photograph of a naked woman holding a toy plane. The tweet was deleted after a short amount of time and the airline tweeted an apology: “We apologise for an inappropriate image recently shared as a link in one of our responses. We’ve removed the tweet and are investigating.”

 

One lesson learned through this is think before you tweet people …

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Mairead Doyle