Folks were heated when the handler of the Twitter account for the Times Square ball used an insensitive hashtag, trying to amuse his followers. Instead, he insulted many of them by mocking the Black Live Matters movement with the hashtag, #BallLivesMatter.
Tweeters didn’t hesitate to tell the account handler about his self.
The account handler has since deleted the tweets
via NY Daily News:
Social media users were up in arms over the tweets – the first sent at 9:47 p.m. and the second at 10:43 p.m. – that bizzarely touched on the “dismal” U.S. economy while also equating the 108-year-old ball drop to a racist institution.
“The ball this year has become Racist due to the dismal state of our economy in 2015,” an unidentified social media manager tweeted just after 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve before abruptly deleting the message.
Earlier in the evening, as the event swelled to more than a million people, @TimesSquareBall tweeted to its 20,000 followers “#BallLivesMatter,” a spin on the Black Lives Matter movement that the handle used multiple times yesterday.
“The tweet was unacceptable and indefensible. As soon as event organizers became aware of it, it was removed immediately,” Times Square New Year’s Eve said in a statement.
“The person responsible was an independent freelancer and will not be engaged again.”