1. On Monday, Bill Cosby — or more likely one of his representatives — posted a tweet asking fans to meme him. The link led to a meme generator on billcosby.com.
2. Right away, Twitter users began subverting the meme generator to comment on the 2006 rape allegations against Cosby. (He has never been charged with sexual assault.)
3. The accusations have re-emerged in the past year after NBC announced it was developing a sitcom with him, a recent biography of Cosby opted not to report on the allegations, and Hannibal Buress called Cosby a “rapist” during his comedy act.
4. Cosby’s publicist did not respond to a request for a comment from BuzzFeed News.
Monday night, the meme generator was removed from Cosby’s website, and his tweet soliciting the fan interactivity disappeared. Cosby’s publicist did not respond to another request to comment.
6. Here are a few of Twitter’s offerings that illustrate the PR disaster.
- Donald Trump, who wrote a book about his ability to get deals done, lost in his highest stakes negotiation yet — the battered GOP health care bill.
- A viral Instagram post falsely claimed 14 black girls went missing over 24 hours in Washington, DC, but that doesn't mean there isn't a problem. Now lawmakers are taking action.
- Apple says a hacking group that's threatening to wipe hundreds of millions of iPhones has not breached its iCloud system 📱
- Hi Stranger: A bizarre short film featuring a naked mumbling figurine is making everyone on the internet uncomfortable 🙃