The WEF’s controversial message turned out to be quite short-lived, surviving less than a day on its feed under a barrage of outraged comments. The tweet was accompanied by a video, showing deserted streets and silent factories, that noted a record drop in carbon emissions. It also linked to an article claiming that silent cities contributed to better detection of minor earthquakes.
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On Saturday, the organization deleted the tweet, accepting that coronavirus-induced lockdowns were not actually “quietly improving cities.” Still, it insisted that the restrictions have been “an important part of the public health response to Covid-19.”
We’re deleting this tweet. Lockdowns aren’t “quietly improving cities” around the world. But they are an important part of the public health response to COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/D2Pyb9x4yy
— World Economic Forum (@wef) February 27, 2021
The concession tweet, however, has received an equally poor reception.
Too late. You already said locking us in our homes has improved the world, not the most casual of statements is it? Bit hard to forget you said that.
— Kirstin (@KirstinMarianna) February 27, 2021
Many of those who targeted the first tweet for its apparent anti-human tone jumped right into the comments below the new one, taking jabs at the group. “Who’d have thought a tweet promoting humans not living full lives wouldn’t go down too well,” UK professional wrestler Jemma Palmer said.