The organisers of a Dunedin campaign for better internet have
issued an apology following social media posts made after a
serious car crash.
As part of Chorus' Gigatown competition, New Zealand towns
and cities can earn points by posting the hashtags of their
cities on social media sites.
However, that approach earned #GigatownDunedin - currently
fourth in the competition - a rebuke on social media after it
posted the following message concerning a two-car crash on
Dunedin's Southern Motorway on Sunday night, ''Very sad to
hear about another car crash in #GigatownDunedin. Our
thoughts are with the families of the people involved.''
That post prompted replies from members, many of whom
continued to use the point-scoring hashtag until the post was
deleted following a backlash from upset users.
''This is the most disrespectful thing I have ever seen,''
wrote one Facebook member.
Yesterday, GigatownDunedin, which is run via the Dunedin
Digital Office, issued an apology for ''comments made on our
Facebook page regarding the terrible accident on the motorway
last night. We understand that this may have been construed
as a way of using the event to gain points, but would like to
assure you the post was made out of genuine feeling and
concern for all those involved.
''We apologise for any offence that the post has caused.
''There will be clear guidelines set out for all admins of
this page to follow from now on. Our thoughts and prayers are
with those involved and their families and friends.''