Tweets, posts denounced for 9/11 insensitivities on anniversary of attacks

AT&T and Esquire were among companies to issue apologies for offensive content appearing in tweets or on websites on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

Members of Congress and President Obama commemorated the day in press statements and speeches. But a number of organizations, from sports teams to mobile phone carriers, received flak on Twitter for perceived insensitivities on the day.  

The mobile carrier AT&T had to walk back a tweet in which a picture of a hand holding one of its mobile phones was placed in the New York City skyline, accompanied by the words “Never Forget.”

Esquire magazine apologized for what it called a “stupid technical glitch” for using the iconic picture of a man plummeting from the World Trade Center next to a banner reading, “Making your morning commute more stylish.”

The magazine had reprinted a story about the event earlier in the day. 

The Los Angeles Lakers quickly deleted a tweet that showed a picture of Kobe Bryant from the 2001-2002 season with the hashtag #NEVERFORGET splashed over it. 

In a statement to USA Today, a Lakers spokesman said it used the picture to show the small ribbon and American flag that was sewn on the Lakers jerseys that year in honor of those killed. 

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