Panned on Periscope: French president suffers media fiasco
While Hollande was discussing changes to the French labor code with a private clothing showroom’s employees, one of his team members launched a Periscope broadcast of the event.
Users of the service immediately seized the rare opportunity to directly express their feelings, often not the most polite ones, towards the president. The comments, which could be seen by everyone who tuned into the broadcast, ranged from simple trolling – "Hollande: tomato onion salad?" – to direct insults like “f***k Hollande” or “François the thug.” Several users also called on the president to step down.
"The ordeal of @fhollande live on #Periscope"
The media team tried to mend the situation by deleting offensive comments, however it was unable to stem the flow of online ridicule.
"François Hollande on Periscope. Media manager tries to filter sometimes insulting comments."
"The great idea of the day @Elysee> Holland on Periscope #fail #compol"
Responding to what seems to be a communication disaster, the chief of the Elysee Palace communication department, Gaspard Gantzer, defended the questionable choice to use Twitter's trendy app.
“As often with social networks, there are positive and negative comments, some are relevant, the others are off-topic. But this will change the mode of dialog and discussion with citizens outside of traditional media,” Gantzer said, as cited by Le Lab.
However, some users pointed out the lack of competence on behalf of Holland’s media team.
Grollande", "Casse-toi"... François Hollande se fait insulter sur Periscope"Gaspard le surdoué devrait démissionner après une telle boulette— Sabaitaly (@gigi34990) 1 марта 2016 г.
"Grollande," "Get out "... Francois Hollande got insulted on Periscope" Gaspard [Gaspard Gantzer] the gifted should resign after such a blunder"
L'erreur sur l'opération de communication Périscope // François Hollande 😱😁— TotallyBeautyAddict (@EmmaLaplace) 1 марта 2016 г.
"An error of the Periscope communication operation"