Well, the #MyNYPD hashtag sure backfired quickly

When the New York Police Department on Tuesday solicited images of photos with police officers, their hashtag, #myNYPD, was inundated with images of police brutality. (NowThis News)

For another case study in the perils of using Twitter for branding, look no further than the #myNYPD hashtag that is now trending for all the wrong reasons in the New York City area.

What started out as an attempt to solicit pent-up good feelings among the New York Police Department’s constituents is turning out to be a troll-fest of epic proportions.

One by one, hundreds of tweets with photos of what the tweeters suggest is police brutality or misbehavior are being sent out with the hashtag #MyNYPD. No good can come from this, but as US Airways and others have learned recently, its hard to take back a tweet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the New York Police Department on Tuesday solicited images of photos with police officers, their hashtag, #myNYPD, was inundated with images of police brutality. (NowThis News)

 

 

Abby Phillip is a general assignment national reporter for the Washington Post. She can be reached at abby.phillip@washpost.com. On Twitter: @abbydphillip
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