Twitter fail: Walkers pulls interactive selfie ad

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In May 2017, Walkers Crisps pulled an interactive video ad after it displayed the faces of mass murderers and child abusers, submitted by internet pranksters. This case study looks at how the food brand learned the hard way about unmoderated user content.


The advert

The official Walkers Crisps Twitter account was offering football fans the chance to win Champions League final tickets by tweeting in a selfie along with the hashtag #WalkersWave.

In a video replying to those who have sent in the "selfies", Lineker says: "Thanks for joining the Walkers wave and celebrating the Uefa Champions League final."

He then pauses, looks at the photo which appears in a photo frame he is holding and remarks to the camera: "Nice selfie."

The photo then appears superimposed on to the head of a football fan taking part in a Mexican wave at the national stadium of Wales.

The reaction

The hashtag for the campaign has been one of the top trending topics throughout the afternoon, but presumably not for the reasons the company had hoped. The faces of mass murderers and child abusers were inadvertently featured the animation, submitted by malicious web users.

Many of the bad-taste images remained on Walkers timeline for more than an hour, although the account has since been removing some of them.

A Walkers spokeswoman said: "We recognise people were offended by irresponsible and offensive posts by individuals, and we apologise. We are equally upset and have shut down all activity."

Lineker posted a tweet following the uproar: "Had an unusual day in some very strange company. I'm sure we'll wave goodbye to them all by tomorrow."

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