There are many advantages to being on social media. And of course, there’s the dark side. On Thursday, the New England Patriots wanted to thank its Twitter followers for helping the team reach over the one million mark.
To show its gratitude, the Patriots said it would make digital custom jerseys to the followers who retweeted its message.
We're saying thanks to @patriots' 1million followers w/ custom digital Pats jerseys – RT for yours! #1MillionPatriots pic.twitter.com/u2SfidCb9e
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 13, 2014
For the most part, those with legitimate Twitter accounts retweeted the message and received a reply in kind. Then there was this tweet which found a way around the Patriots filter and got this automated reply (NSFW).
Now the offending account is gone and so is the tweet, but apparently this has been done before by someone knowing it will receive an auto reply and becoming a follower for that effect.
With the Patriots falling victim to this prank, it’s likely that other teams and brands will be on the lookout for this account and subsequently filter it out.
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