AT&T Pulls Tweet Showing Smartphone With 9/11 Memorial

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — AT&T elected Wednesday to take down a Twitter post showing smartphone snapping a photo of the “Tribute in Light” memorial to the 9/11 attacks.

The tweet appeared Wednesday morning. Accompanied by the message “never forget,” it showed a hand holding a smartphone in front of a view looking north toward Lower Manhattan. The smartphone shows the image of the Tribute to Light.

Twitter users quickly piled criticism onto AT&T – many of them using strong language.

“That is so f***ing tacky,” tweeted Matthew Rex.
“How dare you?! You’re using this tragedy to ADVERTISE?” tweeted Joe Manna.

About an hour later, the tweet had come down, according to published reports. The company also issued an apology to anyone who was offended by the photo.

“We apologize to anyone who felt our post was in poor taste,” AT&T said in the subsequent tweet. “The image was solely meant to pay respect to those affected by the 9/11 tragedy.”

But Twitter users were not forgiving.

“The apology is somehow more insulting,” tweeted “Gourmet Spud.”

“This is like a sandwich shop going to a high school car accident funeral holding a sign ‘Sorry your kids are dead! EAT AT JOE’S!’” tweeted Troy Blacford.

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Source: CBS local New York

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