Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Police Twitter error over 'plane crash in Byfleet'

TWITTER users were given a fright last week when police in Woking tweeted that there had been a plane crash in Byfleet - by mistake. 

 An officer sent out the worrying message on Friday (July 27) on the Woking Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team's social media account, @WokingBeat.

The error was caused by selecting the wrong option from a dropdown list.

Police quickly deleted the message, then tweeting: "There has NOT been a plane crash in #Byfleet #Woking one of our staff accidentally sent the wrong tweet from a list of options."

This message was followed by another, responding to a query from a member of the public.

It said: "Tweet has been deleted, we use automated tweets with a dropdown bar to choose what we want to say."

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