On Sunday, Oprah Winfrey got into some trouble by tweeting the following message to her followers (which she has since deleted):
"Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if u have a Neilsen box."
Immediately, the twittersphere began criticizing her for being "desperate," and people accused her of "begging for viewers."
When Nielsen learned about the tweet, they released the following statement:
"In accordance with our policies and procedures, Nielsen is reviewing this incident with our clients and we may withhold, breakout and/or make a note in the ratings. We take any violation of our policy seriously and will work with clients to resolve the situation."
"'Desperate' not ever a part of my vocab. Just making a request, since I can't watch myself. Choice is yours."
"The word 'please' is used as courtesy not a beg."
"Unethical a little harsh don't u think? Seemed like it made sense to me. Sorry if u're offended."
And here's a less defensive tweet that Oprah finally sent out to her followers:
"You really are more than a number."
We don't think Oprah had any ill intentions with the tweet heard ’round the world, but we're glad to see that she seems to acknowledge why people took issue with it. Hopefully this will be the last we hear about this drama!
What do U think? Do U have a problem with Oprah's tweet asking her followers to watch her network???
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