Pakistan’s fourth-largest mobile operator, Ufone came under fire on Thursday for liking a political tweet. The post stated “GoNawazGo”, along with an image of a goat.
The official Twitter handle of Ufone mistakenly liked the Tweet. The company later posted an apology on its Twitter account. The company also indicated that its account was used illegally.
Here is the official statement:
“Ufone deeply regrets the recent posting of inappropriate and irresponsible tweets using our official Twitter account by someone who illegally used our account. We categorically state that the said tweets do not in any manner represent our position or opinion. We are a responsible, law-abiding and apolitical organization that is committed to serving its customers at all times.
Though the errant tweets were removed from our Twitter account, some copies and screen shots of the earlier posts are being spread on The Internet; for which we feel very sorry, but it is beyond our control to remove these copies. The company has launched a full-fledged investigation into how this incident occurred and will take strict action against those held responsible.”
Before the official statement that Ufone released it had put a similar statement on its twitter handle yesterday.
“We regret & apologize for the inappropriate tweets today. We are investigating the issue & action will be taken against those involved,”.
The users of the Twitter started protesting against the particular tweet and the telecom company. A large number of people started posting the messages with the hashtag #BoycottUfone on Twitter. The hashtag later became a trend on the popular social networking website.
It is for the first time in history that a telecom operator in Pakistan liked a politically inclined tweet. The cause of the mistake is still not known but according to the company, someone illegally used their Twitter account.