Over the past week, it seemed that Disney CEO Bob Iger was getting more active on Twitter. But Thursday evening, his @RobertIger account disappeared from the social media service.
Did Iger delete his account? We've reached out to Disney for any comment or clarification. [Update: The account reappeared on Friday morning. No explanation and no response from Disney. Update 2: Now it's down again.]
He hardly would be the first public figure to abandon the platform. Anyone famous enough to be noticed is famous enough to attract the attention of trolls and Stans, who can make digital interactions unbearable even for the most patient individuals.
Iger routined catches heat from Disney theme park fans upset about everything from the spread of IP in the parks to increasing prices... to anything else, for that matter. The latest episode found many of those fans attacking Iger for his comments in a recent Barron's interview, when he dismissed competing attractions that didn't have Disney's IP behind them with the line, "It’s not like, 'Well, I’m going to ride some nondescript named coaster somewhere that maybe is like, maybe is in India or whatever.'"
Some fans took that comment as an insult to Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom... even though that roller coaster is set in Nepal, not India. But why let facts get in the way of yelling at people online, right?
That the Disney Parks have spent billions of dollars on new attractions, driving all-time record attendance under Iger's leadership of Disney seems to get lost in the discussion. Perhaps it turns out that a lot of people like those Disney franchises and are willing to spend money to spend time with them?
No word on what it was that drove Iger away from the platform... or what happened, really. We will pass along any word once we hear it.Tweet
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